DRESS TO IMPRESS
First impressions are important for employers. Deciding what to wear to an interview is often a stressful part of the preparation process. Successful job interviews depend on both how well you answer questions and how you present yourself. That’s why a smart, pulled-together appearance can help convince the hiring manager that you’re a great fit for the company. First impressions are made of visual and verbal cues, which can form within seconds of meeting someone. Many things can factor into a first impression, such as someone’s posture, facial expressions, voice intonations, handshake, eye contact, grooming, and dress. While these cues are not always an accurate portrayal of a person’s character and personality, they can give a good indication of who someone is. Before choosing an interview outfit, research the company to determine how formal their workplace is. If you’ve checked the company website and social media pages but still can’t determine the dress code, try calling the company’s HR department. Explain that you have an upcoming interview and would like to know the appropriate dress code.
Keep in mind that everyone in the company, from the receptionist who met you at the door to the president whom you passed in the hall, can play a role in the final hiring decision. Stay friendly and be pleasant to everyone you meet, even if you are stressed or nervous. Same goes in the interview. Even when tough questions are asked, keeping a pleasant attitude and showing interest in your interviewers can go a long way.
Once the interview ends, make sure you consider these tips to help you land that dream job:
• Thank your interviewers on your way out.
• Follow up with a formal thank-you note.
• Reach out in the weeks following to check the status.
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If it's a virtual interview, very little of your clothing shows so just have a clean, professional neckline and avoid distracting accessories. In a Zoom call or similar, the background can also be distracting, so choose a plain background or use a Zoom filter to blur out what's behind you. Essentially, you want to minimize distractions so that the interviewers can focus on your questions and responses. Be friendly, positive, and prepared, and that will stand out more than any outfit!
A lot depends on the type of position you are applying for. For example, at least here in Texas, men applying for skilled trades positions can "dress up" with a nice pair of black jeans, nice boots and belt, crisp button-down shirt. There is such a thing as being over-dressed. It's perfectly acceptable to ask the recruiter what is appropriate attire.
No matter how well-dressed you are, you still need to "wow" them during the interview!
The people interviewing you want to make sure that you understand the company ethos and culture as well.
DRESS to impress
With this is that you need to dress like you are going to a nice restaurant that has a dress code and also no jeans for interviewing unless it it over zoom.
When you are done with the interviewing you need to ask for business card or email because you should write them a thank you note and that goes a long way.
However... sometimes it's fun to add a little something that makes you feel confident. I always like to start with a really simple outfit (neutral, black/beige pants, for instance) and get fun from there. Maybe it's a fun button-up shirt, a statement necklace, a professional but stylish hairpiece, or a nice pair of earrings.
Either way, make sure you feel confident and comfortable. Too many times I've felt uncomfortable in what I was wearing and couldn't focus 100% on the task in front of me. So make sure to put that first, and leave the statement pieces as optional finished touches.
I think everyone gave a pretty good answer. As important as your appearance will be during your interview, your attitude and how you carry yourself speaks a lot too! As far as what to wear, I would say keep it professional and neutral, google some images on what to wear for interview, make sure you look clean and neat. Look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, what would you think of this person in the first 3 seconds you see this person.
Be yourself, be confident and you will do great in your interview! Good luck!
I would agree completely with Emily. Though what you wear is something consider (nice shirt, tie and slacks), at the end of the day, what makes someone standout is going to be their personality, their attitude and how they communicate. It is possible to be externally prepared for a job, but if the internal isn't then the external doesn't matter too much.
You need to some homework first to understand the culture of the company or department you are interviewing with. Is the normal attire a full suit or it more relaxed (business casual)? You can start there.
In recent times, many interviews are being conducted virtually and you have to impress via a computer monitor. What will make you stand out is:
Doing your research on the postion and the company. Show the interviewers that you have done your homework, you understand what the job and the company and that you are the best fit.
Showing them who you are. In other words, your personality. Interviewers want to know who they are hiring.
Be confident. If it helps where a piece of clothing or accessory (work appropriate of course) that boosts your mood and/or confidence. Even though they wont see all of you on the interview, dress fully - including shoes.
Don't pretend to be someone you are not. Be you!
One other tip - I get nervous when I interview so I always where something that will hide if I perspire. You don't want to worry about that and try to answer questions at the same time.
And another - make sure your camera and lighting is postioned so they can see you clearly.
I feel that your personality and what you bring to the table definitely stand out more. However, with appearances, just make sure that you have a neat hairstyle, spray some perfume/ cologne, a blouse with a blazer, and high-heeled booties. I personally also love wearing wide-legged dress pants!
I always find it helpful to sit with my back facing the windows open to the office. I find it distracting to see people walking by or chatting outside the room. Lastly, don't forget to sit up straight and bring some water.
Remember that if you are being interviewed, they are genuinely interested in you as a candidate (they want you to be there!). I hope this is helpful!
I love everyone's responses on the thread and would like to add my two cents if I may. The first thing you'll want to keep in mind is comfortability. Yes, a suit & tie looks the part but will you be comfortable in a suit throughout the entire interview? The only thing required is your A game. As long as you come to the interview well groomed & confident you will be fine. Good luck!!!
That being said, top things to "dress to impress":
1. It needs to fit correctly. Get it tailored if it doesn't fit off the rack. I mean it. Pants or sleeves that are too long look sloppy. Gaping blouses that reveal things they shouldn't are a problem.
2. Solid colors are best. Subtle patterns (in small amounts) can work. You don't want your interviewers staring at your outfit instead of listening to you. I like a bright jewel color (think aqua, salmon or turquoise) paired with a dark color (black, navy, etc).
3. Less is more with accessories. Anything that jangles, take it off.
4. Less is more with makeup.
5. If you don't feel confident when you put it on, it's the wrong outfit. Whatever you decide to wear, it should make you feel like $1M
6. I usually wear my hair tied back in some way instead of down because I have a habit of playing with my hair when I'm stressed if it's down - so be aware of any of those habits you have and work to mitigate them.
In my experience, what to wear to an interview is a balance. Your goal with what you wear is not the stand out. You actually want to aim to fit in. You want to show up in the dress code as closely as possible. For example, if you have applied for a warehouse job, you should avoid wearing something like sandals which probably wouldn't be allowed in a warehouse environment. The challenge here is getting some sense of what the dress code is for the job that you are applying for or at the company where you want to work. In that example, it is a distraction in your interview. With other jobs, I still think that it is safe to dress better than the dress code whenever possible. In the US and also in Texas, casual is actually an acceptable standard in some businesses. For that interview, I would dress business casual. Or if the company's dress code is business casual, dress for business. If you think that your outfit would be great for a party or a night out with friends, that should not be part of your interview dress code in most jobs.
The best advice that I can give you after you have done your research on dress codes for jobs, only wear what is comfortable for you. If you don't own the clothes that you feel are necessary, think about the cost versus benefit of that investment. Also minimize enhancements to your makeup or additions of jewelry. Minimizing distraction is more important than standing out. You want the interviewer to focus on the skills and talents that you bring to the job.