Deciding what to wear to your interview
Aside from your resume, the first impression you'll make on an interviewer is based largely on what you are wearing. Very often, your interview attire leads the interviewer to make a snap judgment about you and how well you would fit within the company culture. Such judgments may not be fair, but they are a reality.
It is generally accepted that you cannot go wrong by wearing a business suit to an interview. However, if you are unsure about what to wear, research the company's dress code or call its human resources department and ask what would be appropriate. Do not call the actual person you will be interviewing with.
Generally speaking, it is better to be conservative and overdressed in an interview than the other way around. You may wish to express your personality by the way you dress, but keep in mind that this may have the potential to jeopardize your chances. It is safer to wait until you actually receive the job and get to know the company's culture before adding more individuality to your work attire.
For a second interview, it may not be necessary to own an additional suit. If your first suit is a dark, neutral color, then you can change the shirt, tie, and accessories for a new look on the second interview.
In addition, you should give attention to the following:
- Make sure your outfit is comfortable and fits well.
- Give attention to accessories by wearing nice, clean shoes and minimal, conservative jewelry and ties.
- Make sure you have a nice briefcase or portfolio to carry the items you need for the interview.
- Make sure you are groomed well. Give attention to nails and hair, and keep makeup minimal.
- Be careful with your perfume, as some interviewers may be sensitive or allergic to scents.
Appropriate interview dress
Take a look at the below examples of appropriate dress for an interview. The examples range from what is appropriate for an interview at a casual workplace to a professional workplace.
On the next page, we'll look at examples of inappropriate and risky choices in interview attire.