what to wear to an interview

In an interview, first impressions last. As the interview may be your first and only chance to impress your future employers and convince them to award you the job, you must bring your A-game for that day. You must stand tall, look smart, know the job and company you’re getting into, be confident in your answers, and most importantly, you must dress the part.

How you dress is one of the reflections of yourself, and trust me, the one’s who’ll interview you will take not of it. It may not matter as much as your resume and previous experiences, but being poorly dressed on the day of your interview might just cost you a few points in the eyes of your future employers. So what should you wear to an interview?

Something corporate and formal

Most interviews are formal and take place in the company’s office. It’s best to wear something corporate and formal. Dress as if you’re a regular employee and this is your first day.

For men, wear a suit and slacks. Stick to black, blue or brown colored suits. Don’t go with vibrant colors like red or purple. Your shirt must have long sleeves. The color of your tie must complement the color of your suit, and your shoes should match your belt. Never wear a brown belt with black shoes; that’s just wrong.

Women can choose between slacks and pencil cut skirts. If you choose to wear a skirt, put on stockings. A blouse with a collar will do, but feel free to wear a blazer over it. Wear closed shoes and non-distracting jewelry. Use pearl earrings instead of dangling ones. Remember, you’re going to a job interview, not a party.

At some cases, there will be informal interviews held in common places like coffee shops. For these types of interviews, the corporate look would be a bit too much. Wear your best casual clothes but avoid jeans, t-shirts and tank tops. A polo shirt and a decent looking blouse will do.

Something you’re comfortable in

It is also important to wear something you’re comfortable in. No matter how well-ironed and expensive your clothes are, no matter how corporate and formal-looking they may seem, if you are not comfortable in it, then it won’t make you look any better. You may not notice it, but if you suit is too big or too fitted, or if your skirt is hugging your thighs too tightly, you may tend to fidget. A lot. And fidgeting will not give off the impression of a reliable worker you’re trying to show to your future employers.

Publisher: pauline c. tome

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