Can't decide what to wear to an interview? These tips will help!
Posted: 17th Aug 2018
As if job interviews weren’t
stressful enough! Trying to remember the right things to say and do, you also
have to think about what you’re going to wear. After all, interviews are all
about showing yourself in the best possible light, and your interview outfit is
part of that!
Showing up to an interview polished
and dressed appropriately for the role you are interviewing for shows that you
put effort into yourself and into understanding the organisation's culture and a
good interview outfit can help with your confidence going into the interview. If
you feel great on the outside it will calm the inner crazy person shrieking
insecurities inside your head.
You’ve likely heard the saying,
“Dress for the job you want,” but it’s also important to dress for the company
for which you want to work.
A good rule of thumb is to dress
one level above what people at the company wear on a day-to-day basis. For
example, if they are business casual then it's best to break out that suit
collecting dust in the back of your closet.
Sometimes, asking about the dress
code can still leave you confused. For instance, you might hear that a company
is “business professional.” But what's the difference between that and business
casual? Or if a company describes its dress code as “casual,” how do you know
what’s too casual?
In a business, a professional
atmosphere, suits are the norm. Women might wear a skirt or suit with
heels, while men may wear a blazer or suit jacket, button down shirt, suit
trousers, a tie and dress shoes.
Maybe forget the suit when
interviewing at a business casual company. Men might opt to wear dress slacks
or chinos, a button down or polo shirt, a belt and dress shoes. Women might
consider wearing a conservative dress, or a blouse (or sweater) with a skirt or
dress pants and dress shoes or boots.
When interviewing at a casual
office, it's still important to look polished and professional. (Save the jeans
and flip-flops for when you actually have the job.) Men might consider wearing
a long-sleeved dress shirt, khaki pants a belt, and dress shoes. Women might
wear a collared shirt with pants or a pencil skirt, or a work dress.
You want the interviewer to focus
on you, not your attire. You need to go easy on the jewellery, makeup, hair and
clothing. Stay away from “outrageous” colours and patterns, as well as pieces
that show off too much skin. Let your awesomeness speak for itself through the
answers you give throughout the interview.
Overall, don’t worry too much,
clothes aren’t the deal-breaker; few people solely get hired on their dress
After all, interviews are
nerve-wracking enough without having to worry about what you’re wearing.