So, what do you wear to that interview?
It’s time to tackle the age-old question of “What should I wear to a job interview?” The answer to that question lies in the discretion you’ve gathered from your correspondence with the company thus far in your interview process.
If you’re in the beginning stages of interviewing, you might be preparing for a phone interview or a video interview. If you’re gearing up for a video interview, you should absolutely dress the part as if you’re going into the office for an in-person interview. The most effective way to determine what level of attire to don for the interview is to take to the socials! Hop onto their LinkedIn, Instagram, or Facebook page and figure out which one they use as their social platform to show off culture. More times than not, they will have pictures of the team in the office, at a get together, or in a semi-professional setting where you can look and determine what to wear! Semi-professional? Business casual? Corporate attire?
Now, if that little trick doesn’t work, it can be as simple as asking your point of contact, whether it be a recruiter or the hiring manager. And if that doesn’t paint enough of a visual for you, here’s your guide to how to come up with the perfect interview attire.
For the Ladies
Obviously, first impressions matter, but for women, it’s a little harder to navigate the balance of how to get dressed up for an interview. It used to be the norm to assume corporate wear for any interview, but now, we’re here to tell you it’s safe to ditch the slacks or pantihose (unless that’s your personal style that you love to rock) and go all in on the business casual!What’s this mean? It means that you can feel free to express yourself in the business casual realm. Slacks? Stylish skirt? A comfortable dress that you dress up with with some accessories? All of that is fair game, but there are a few ground rules:
- Don’t opt for a pair of jeans
- Try to stick with close toed shoes
- Stay mindful of the season, and avoid spaghetti straps and low cut tops
For the Men
Now, let’s focus on the gentlemen. Hygiene is key here – clean up those beards, tidy up the hairline, and ensure your hands are presentable for that firm handshake. Remember, first impressions count, and you want to exude confidence and professionalism from the moment you walk in.
When it comes to attire, ditch the casual wear. It’s time to dust off those slacks and make sure they’re wrinkle-free. A well-pressed shirt and a tie can go a long way in projecting a polished image. Consider the industry and the company culture you found in your research or by asking the hiring manager – if it’s more formal, lean towards a full suit; if it’s more relaxed, business casual might be the way to go.
Remember, attention to detail matters. Check your shoes for scuffs and ensure they’re not all scratched up. A little effort in your appearance can convey a lot about your commitment and respect for the opportunity!
In the end, the golden rule for both men and women is to always err on the side of being slightly overdressed rather than underdressed. It shows you take the opportunity seriously and have a keen understanding of the professional expectations of the workplace.
As you prepare for your interview, take a moment to consider the company culture, industry norms, and the level of formality expected. Use your network or reach out to your contact at the company for guidance if needed. Confidence often starts with feeling comfortable in what you’re wearing, so choose an outfit that not only aligns with the company’s expectations but also makes you feel confident, capable, and most like yourself.
Remember, you’ve got this! Good luck on your interview, and may your outfit be as impressive as your skills and qualifications.