A job interview can be one of the most difficult and stressful events in your life. You want to be sure that you have all of your ducks in a row when you go in and talk about all of the things that make you your best. When you’re talking about your work history, you don’t want to be one of the people that are pushed to the back of the pile because you’re simply not memorable or, worse yet, you’re memorable for all the wrong reasons. Take some of our handy interview fashion tips into consideration when you’re standing in front of your closet, looking for the perfect thing to wear to the big day.
First and foremost, invest in some quality, well-made luxury items for your closet, so that you always have something on hand and aren’t rushing to the department store for something to buy the night before your meeting. You don’t need to redo your entire wardrobe, but adding two or three outfits will certainly help, especially if you have a follow-up interview. You definitely don’t want to show up wearing the same thing that you wore during your prior meeting. Look for items that you’ll be able to wear most of the year, that aren’t built specifically for winter or summer. Also be sure that you buy something that fits properly even if you put on an extra two or three pounds.
Before you pick your outfit for the day, you want to be sure that you’re reading the situation correctly, namely, you want to determine if the interview and company is more formal or informal. Some well-established companies, particularly within the financial and business sectors, are quite formal and the employees dress in suits every day. If this is the case, you would do well to show up to your interview dressed in a similar manner, tie included. If you know someone who works at the place you’re interviewing at, ask them for their input, and see what the office staff wear on a normal day. However, if you’re going to interview at a start-up or tech company or even a very art-centric company, you may find that the dress code is relatively lax and that you can get buy with a comfortable yet nice outfit, such as designer jeans and a sports jacket, or something trendy that shows that you put thought and effort into your appearance.
Mostly, when it comes to your clothing choices, employers are looking to be sure that you are comfortable in the work atmosphere, that you take pride in yourself and that you put time into making yourself look the correct way. In other words, they want to be sure that you’re not a lazy slob. It’s really quite simple. As soon as you’ve determined the dress code, you should be well on your way to discovering what you should show up in, which is the very first step to nailing your dream job and heading down the road to success.