Job Interview Articles

Dress for a Job Interview AND For Success

So you've landed that coveted job interview. Great. Now you may be wondering what to wear. Perhaps you believe you have to go out and spend a bundle on a new outfit with accessories to match. Not true!

You can wear a suit and tie or dress or pants suit you already have in your closet as long as it is pressed, presentable, and professional. For guidance look at the dress of people who already work in a similar environment and then raise yours a notch. This simply means go for the tie if you're a man, rather than just a sport coat and slacks with an open collar. For women, it may mean setting aside the sandals and flowered skirt and choosing instead a blouse and pants or dress that is attractive but not distracting. You can dress up your outfit with a scarf or pin.

The idea is to appear as a working professional, ready to be hired, and to do the job.

Items to Use With Caution

Many people today have an allergic reaction to certain perfumes or aftershave lotions, so better to go without a scent than to offend someone. The same advice applies to jewelry. Be conservative. Avoid swinging earrings and open-backed shoes that can become a distraction or even a stumbling block. In other words, use common sense and professional taste.

Pay Attention to Details

Some hiring managers may subconsciously look for reasons to reject you if their first impression is a turn-off. With that in mind, go out of your way to be as professional and friendly, yet unobtrusive, as possible. Remember, the point of your interview is to talk about your qualifications and experience as they relate to the job you're interested in. When you dress for a job interview in a way that works well for you and the interviewer, you're on your way to a successful experience that may even lead to the job itself.

Walk In With Confidence

The day arrives and you're ready to take your place in the hiring manager's office. You're dressed for the job interview and for success! Now get to the business at hand—showing the employer why and how you're the one to hire.