How to Dress for a Job Interview

First impressions can be nerve-wracking to say the least, especially when interviewing for a job. Unfortunately, our appearance is usually the first thing people notice and judge us by. Therefore, when preparing for a job interview, it is very important to know the in’s and out’s dressing for an interview in order to make a great first impression.

 Do Your Research

One of the first things you should consider when deciding what to wear, is the company’s culture. Check out their website or social media and become familiar with the culture. Is this a casual company that promotes self-individuality or is this a traditional company that expects formality? Knowing the difference can save you the embarrassment of showing up in a suit when you’re in an office full of jeans and tee-shirts and vice versa.

Stay on the Cautious Side

When choosing an outfit, it is important to err on the side of caution. If something seems too revealing, too tight, or too short, it is best to go with another option that you will feel completely comfortable in. Although you want to dress to impress, it is very important that you stay professional. This may require wearing less flashy or bulky jewelry, or wearing a more natural looking makeup. Dressing conservatively is always a safe option!

Cleanliness is Key

Make sure your clothes are free of wrinkles and lint and fit nicely. Do not wear pants that will be dragging the floor or will be falling off your waist. As always, make sure your nails are trimmed neatly, teeth are brushed, and hair is styled out of your face. If you prefer to wear perfume or cologne, be sure to use it sparingly. Doing these simple things will help you feel and look put together and confident.

Personal and Professional

While you want the interviewer to get a feel for who you are, it is important that you do this in a tasteful manner. Although you might like the way you look in your neon green pencil skirt, this may not be appropriate for an initial interview. Instead of a bold personal clothing statement, opt for a more muted approach such as your favorite pearl ring or a pinstriped tie. These items allow you to show a part of who you are without distracting the interviewer from the whole picture. And of course, your responses and attitude will reflect your personality as well, so make sure to smile!

With these tips, hopefully you will have a good idea on where to start when choosing what to wear for a job interview. Dress consistent with the company’s culture, dress cautious and clean, and dress professionally.

Still unsure about what to wear? No problem! We’re here to help. Feel free to contact a representative from Trimech Services for assistance!