Preparing for a job interview can be stressful in itself. But when it comes to dressing the part, we have you covered! Check out some of our best tips for dressing for a job interview.
Research the Company’s Dress Code
Start by looking at the company’s dress code. Search its website for information. Images in the “About Us” section may point you in the right direction. If you see professionals dressing more conservatively, it’s time to dig out your best power suit or blazer. If they are more business casual, you still want to dress one level up to be considered a serious candidate.
Business Formal vs. Business Casual
What kind of job interview is it? Is it professional in an office setting? Keep it classy. Suit up with a white button-up shirt, black slacks, and a matching blazer. A tailored skirt is okay, too.
Is it casual and laid-back? Choose something a bit more lax – but not too casual. Stay away from a crop top, ripped jeans, and flip-flops. Stick with a blouse or blazer, dark high-rise jeans, and classic leather boots.
Match the Climate and Season
This might sound obvious, but choosing climate- and season-appropriate clothing is important. For example, avoid open-toed shoes in the winter and puffy jackets in the summer. Not only will this show that you know how to dress appropriately, but it will also make you more comfortable during your interview.
Sophisticated Shoes Are a Must
Just like your attire, stick to classic shoes. Good examples include pumps (not too high!), loafers, or ballet flats. Regarding color, stick to neutrals like black, brown, nude, and gray.
Don’t Forget About Hair
Let’s return to the comfortable idea and apply it to your hairstyle. You don’t need pin-straight hair or a professional blowout to impress your prospective employer. You just want to look neat and presentable.
Smooth it with some hairspray, keep it neat with a few bobby pins, or tuck it back with a clip. Wearing it down is okay, too, so long as you don’t touch or play with it during your interview.
- Call the company’s human resource department for recommendations.
- Overdressing is always better than underdressing.
- Visit a large department store and ask a personal shopper for professional advice.
- Make sure your clothes are clean and pressed.
- Avoid strongly scented perfume or cologne.
- Keep makeup and jewelry simple.