You’ve heard it said, don’t judge a book by its cover. But guess what? That’s what people do naturally. Sources say that up to 55% of another person’s perception of you is based on how you look, so make the right impression at your interview. Although dressing and grooming appropriately alone might not get you the job, it may give you a competitive edge and help to make a positive first impression. No matter what position you are apply for, always dress professionally for an interview!
Here are some general tips to consider:
Wear clothing suitable for the position
Ensure that your clothes are clean, pressed and with a conservative fit
Wear shoes that are clean and/or polished
Choose accessories that complement your clothing rather than distract from it
If applicable, remove facial and body piercings, although this is more acceptable to day
Keep fragrances and jewelry to the minimum
Make sure your hair is clean styled
If you smoke, be sure to bring along some mouthwash and maybe handwipes
Dress appropriately for the position
Not every position requires the same level of dress. If you are interviewing for a position in the industrial or manufacturing industries, it would be acceptable to wear jeans and a nice shirt or blouse. Shoes that would be suitable include athletic wear as long as your shoes are clean and in good shape, or other casual type shoes.
If you are interviewing for a technical or administrative position. It would be acceptable to wear more professional clothing including slacks or a skirt/dress and a nicer shirt or blouse. Even a jacket that compliments your outfit would be a great addition. Shoes should be casual business or dress shoes.
If you are seeking a more professional position, then a suit or other more professional attire would be the best option. Bringing along an accompanying briefcase or binder with your resume or other documentation is perfectly acceptable and advised. Shoe should be professional level and of course be clean and polished.
Dress is only part of the equation
Appearance is more than just clothing, its about attitude and presenting your self with confidence. Dressing appropriately eliminates feeling out of place and helps to build confidence. Also see making the Most of that Next Interview
Not everyone can afford the best clothes, and that isn’t important. What’s important is dressing appropriately and presenting yourself as someone who’s ready to get the job done.