So you landed your dream job interview. The next question that is on many people’s mind is “what do I wear”? While each individual and interviewer has their own perspective on what a good interview outfit looks like, there are a few universal tips to keep in mind when dressing for the big day.
When in Doubt, Dress Up
Even if the majority of employees at the immigration advertising firm wear jeans, dressing up for the interview will show the interviewer that you take this position seriously. This type of respect is the first impression you will make on the company, so dressing a couple notches above what is standard is a good starting point.
Air on the Conservative Side
Your funky style may impress your friends, but it’s a little risky to have your first impression at work be in studded cut-offs. Everyone has their own perspective on what is appropriate work attire and will judge yours within seconds of meeting you. If they don’t like your funky style, it will be much harder to convince them why you are a good candidate for the position. Airing on the side of caution is a good idea until you have a solid feel of how the workplace runs.
Remember the Competition
The job market today is much more competitive than it used to be. Because of this, preparing for your interview (outfit and all) is vital. Think about how others competing for this position will dress. If you decide to go casual and someone else takes the time to put their best foot forward, this might reflect badly on you.
It Doesn’t Have to Be a Suit
Dressing up for an interview doesn’t necessarily require a suit. While it may in some cases, it’s a good idea to use your own judgment when it comes to the position you are interviewing for. There are a variety of other ways to dress up for an interview that do not require a suit—such as collared shirts, slacks, and jackets. Whatever the case, dressing your best while being conservatively creative can help you to stand out amongst the sea of suits.
Think about the Accessories
Simple and modest accessories are usually a safe bet. If you have facial piercings such as a tongue ring or nose piercing, it may be worth considering taking them out for the interview. Remaining neutral in your appearance can help the interviewer focus on you and your skills rather than what you have on your face. However, if the piercings are important to you—go for it. It’s just important to keep in mind that everyone may not have the same taste and sometimes this gets in the way of the hiring process.