How to Dress for an Interview
How to dress for an interview is plain and simple: dress for the job you want. The company with whom you are having an interview should play a major role in how you dress. However, no matter where you are interviewing, if you are unsure how to dress, go a step above what you think they're expecting. However, there doesn't have to be a lot of guess work. Here are five simple questions that you should ask yourself before choosing an outfit:
- What brand or style does this company promote? If you are interviewing for a job for an apparel company, they may tell you what they're looking for in an interview outfit. For instance, interviews for Hollister are as casual as flip flops and jeans, where as an interview with Prada would obviously require a higher-end outfit. It is also 100 percent okay to inquire about the dress code of an interview. This will show initiative while preventing you to arrive under or overdressed, though keep in mind it is nearly impossible to be overdressed.
- What is the dress code in the office? This can be a good indicator of what to wear to the interview. If you plan on working for a non-profit charity organization that spends their days in tee shirts, showing up to an interview in a suit may seem pompous. In other circumstances, show up one level above the dress code for a hired employee. For instance, if business the environment is business casual, show up in a suit. If the environment is simply casual, show up in business casual. Basically, look clean.
- Who is my interviewer? This could have a bigger impact than you think. If you know the name of your interviewer, do some research. Are they members of conservative organizations? If so, be conservative. If your interviewer is younger, you have more flexibility to put together an interesting outfit to show that you have a personality. If you are lucky enough to find a professional picture of your interviewer, try and mimic their style. This will build a subconscious connection that will definitely help for a positive first impression.
- To accessorize or not to accessorize? Keep it simple. If you have to ask, leave it at home. As for shoes, strive for a closed-toe shoe. Duh. Make sure your shoes are consistent with your outfit and the work environment. Don't show up to a law office in sneakers.
- Is there a right or wrong way to wear my hair? Yes. Do not show up for a interview with unwashed or uncombed hair. This may seem obvious, but it would be sinful not to include.