What Not to Wear: The Dos and Don’ts of Your Interview Outfit
You’ve landed an interview for your dream job. As you look through you wardrobe, you have a mini panic attack – what exactly should you wear?
This is a common problem for anyone. First impressions are important, so here are a few tips to make sure you are dressed the part for your next interview.
- DO: Research on the Culture. Don’t just assume you should wear a full business suit to your interview – some places genuinely don’t want or expect that. Make sure you dress appropriately for the workplace where you are interviewing.
- DON’T: Wear denim. Even if you’re interviewing in a more casual atmosphere, make sure you dress nicely; this means no jeans, shorts, or tennis shoes.
- DO: Ask around. If you happen to know someone who works, or has worked at the particular place where you’re interviewing at, ask what they wore and what kind of questions they were asked. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
- DON’T: Wear over the top accessories. Accessories should be understated. Keep it simple – Leave the diamond encrusted Rolex or giant dangle earrings at home.
Alternatively, if you are asked for a video interview over the internet, the above tips still apply. I’ll add one more tip for those doing a video interview, which often gets overlooked.
- DO: Be aware of your background. Similar to the rule on accessories, make sure your background is clean and simple – take down posters temporarily if you need to. Additionally, make sure anything on visible shelves reflects you well and doesn’t create any unnecessary distractions, or detractors, from what you have to say.
With these guidelines in mind, you’ll be ready to dress the part for any interview, anywhere. Are you ready for their interview questions?
Liz Thatcher works in marketing at the Center for Shared Services. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from the Master’s College