For years we have told job seekers to dress for the job you want and not for the job you have. Well this is good advice, but when it comes to dressing for an interview, you have to be careful. The dress code is different depending on what company you are interviewing with. Some companies have a business casual dress code, some allow jeans and t-shirts, but others prefer a more professional attire including hose and heels.
You don’t want to attend an interview wearing jeans, when the company attire is a suit and heels. The only way to know what to wear is to ask. Even after you ask, you should still do your research. Take a look at their website. They usually show employees at work and this could give you an idea of what they expect.
Once you’ve figured out what the dress code is, you want to dress one step above. It is better to be a little over dressed than to be under dressed. Don’t forget, you never get a second chance to make a great first impression.
Once you get the job, continue to dress the part. Also, it is important to know what the companies Friday attire is. Some companies allow jeans on Friday’s, but not all. If you are allowed to wear jeans, be sure they have no holes. Jeans with holes are a great fashion trend, but not for the office. If you are allowed to wear tennis shoes, make sure they are clean. If you are not allowed to wear jeans, there are other alternatives. Khakis are a great option with loafers.
You should be prepared for your interview by getting your outfit together the night before, including your shoes and accessories. Be sure to check your clothing for any holes, spots or lose threads. You want to look good and feel good so that your confidence, shows.
Make sure that your clothes fit well and and you don’t want to pull on them through out the interview. If you like to wear jewelry, please do so, but you don’t want to wear any jewelry that makes a lot of noice. You don’t want to sound like jingle bells walking through out the office.
Whatever you decide to wear, be sure it reflects your personality in a positive way. Don’t go out and buy something that you will never wear again after the interview. It should fit into your current wardrobe.
Be confident and nail that job.