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HELP: How Do I Dress For My Impending Interview?

By Yann, published on 25/05/2019 We Love Prof - IN > Professional Development > Personal Development > Dress to Impress Recruiter and Get the Job of Your Dreams

“First impressions are lasting; give special thought to your dress, your grooming, and your accessories.” -Brian Tracy

Looking for a job in the local newspaper or online, then writing a relevant cover letter and CV, and adequately preparing for the day of the interview are not always easy; lots of time and effort are required.

Furthermore, it is essential to state that for many, the terrifying part is preparing for the impending interview at a unique company. Although the interview process is necessary to secure a new job, some may wish to take a few steps back and continue looking for jobs since that’s less stressful.

According to many published statistics, the majority of recruiters spend less than a minute on each resume since they already know what they want. Also, even though you have secured an interview, this doesn’t mean you have the job yet; many recruiters and human resource experts usually interview approximately 4 to 6 candidates for each position open.

In some situations, candidates undergo two or three interviews to ensure that they are perfect for the job. 

Therefore, preparing for the interview is of the utmost importance! 

Without further delay, Superprof has done their research and found the necessary tips and advice to dress for success during an interview. 

Why is There a Dress Code When Finding a Job?

Do you think you’ll be considered for one of the best jobs if you enter the recruitment office wearing shorts, trainers, and a tie-dye t-shirt? You’ll look more beach-ready than anything else!

The corporate culture of dressing to impress has penetrated all sectors, lifestyles, and social situations. Appearing neatly dressed and groomed has become the logical manner in which to search for jobs that may lead to superior positions at posh companies.

Nevertheless, it is essential to state that for any job position in any sector, an interviewee must dress appropriately and adapt to the dress code of the company in question. 

The “dress code” may come across as an ancient tradition; however, it is critical to adhere to the dress code and choose clothing items that best represent your personality.

While the habit of dressing well doesn’t necessarily make a lack of qualifications justifiable, a neglected outfit will prevent a good impression and refuse to seriously consider you for the job position despite your outstanding skills and education.

The dress code is a significant part of non-verbal communication, which is 90% of the message conveyed throughout an interview with a recruiter.  

Therefore, the firm handshake, irresistible smile, great questions asked, and carefully planned gestures, are as important as your style of dress. Remember that your well-fitted suit, nice smelling cologne, and immaculately groomed hair can set you apart from the other candidates being considered for the position. 

We’re not saying that you need the natural good looks of Brad Pitt or Naomi Campbell to secure a job, but a recruiter is more inclined to hire someone who takes good care of their appearance than someone who does not. 

The shoes must be scuff free and shiny, the clothes must be wrinkle-free, and the tie must be straight. However, the previously mentioned grooming tips are mostly tailored for individuals desiring a career in the business, finance, commerce, and legal sectors. Therefore, for those applying to work at a fast food restaurant, as a lifeguard, or first responder, a suit or skirt is not recommended.

Adaptibility in your style of dress and grooming is key. 

Nevertheless, some may still question the importance of conservative dress and grooming, why should I dress nice? Well, to score points with recruiters from the first moments.

Also, it is essential to mention that some individuals may neglect the importance of completely dressing up for a videoconference interview. A nice jacket, tie, ironed shirt, groomed hair, and sparkling white teeth yet no pants; we’ve either done it or heard of someone who has!

Negligence of complete personal care during video interviews should be avoided if you want to come across as dangerous. Who knows, maybe a recruiter with much experience could ask some difficult questions.

Do you have pants on? 

So, what dress is appropriate for each job sector and position?

Choose the Right Outfit For the Type of Job Position

Recruitment agencies that represent many sectors do not always require interviewees to wear a strict style of dress such as a tie or skirt; the corporate world is changing, and formal attire is not as respected as before in past decades. 

dressing for work While many companies still expect formal attire, some professional sectors prefer that their employees dress casual. (Source: pixabay)

Depending on the area and the sector, a pair of well-cut jeans, a white shirt, and a dark blazer can do the trick; especially in the trades of computer software and communications.

You didn’t see Steve Jobs wear a suit! 

On the other hand, it is essential to state that the business, finance, and legal sectors still much appreciate a suit and tie from employees since companies want to look good in front of investors and clients. In the legal field, dressing in fancy clothes shows others in the courtroom that you mean business. Also, in the finance industry, recruiters are usually serious people who value traditional practices which could include wearing formal clothes.

Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to adapt our clothing choice to the type of position we are applying for while at the same time remaining authentic to our tastes and colour preferences. 

Also, it is essential to state that there is nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable in your clothes: a shirt that’s too curvy, a suit that’s too loose, poorly fitting jeans, or a blazer that’s too tight.

While you’ve carefully spent time preparing your speech and body language, the next step is to choose your outfit for the big day. To get an idea of the appropriate dress code worn by employees and expected by recruiters, you have to educate yourself about the company using distinct resources.

By consulting Facebook, LinkedIn, and the company’s website, you will know what clothes people wear, and this will help you avoid embarrassing situations of being overly dressed.

Knowing what to wear in distinct sectors is an art that can be mastered by looking up information online and viewing pictures of people working in the specific sector. 

It may seem silly to focus so much attention on appearance, but dress and grooming show a lot about a person’s qualities and personality; in some cases, it even supplants professional skills and qualifications!

However, the importance of personal appearance should not be too shocking since careful preparation of many aspects is necessary to ace all types of job interviews.

Tips For Choosing the Right Clothes

To create a positive first impression during a recruitment interview, the style of clothing must be well-chosen and appropriate for the type of employment.

Without further ado, Superprof has considered some essential tips that will help all professionals dress to impress all types of recruiters!

taking care of yourself Daily showers and application of deodorant are essential to having good personal hygiene; very important during interviews and in the workplace. (Source: pixabay)

General Criteria For Dressing For an Interview

It is essential to stay natural and authentic when choosing to clothe for an interview. No one wants to wear an item of clothing that is uncomfortable and restricts gestures and positive body language.

Some companies ask for an elaborate dress code with specific colours and recruiters may be traumatised if it is not precisely followed. On the other hand, many businesses appreciate formal dress and neatness without being overall picky.

The best thing you can wear is a positive smile and demeanour. 

Nevertheless, when buying a new suit for your job interview, it is highly recommended to avoid flashy colours that could draw negative attention to yourself. Neutral tones such as black, grey, beige, olive green, and navy blue are safe bets that are appreciated by all recruiters.

Also, consulting highly recommended fashion magazines such as British GQ and British Vogue will help non-fashionistas match colours, textures, and styles to adequately dress for the interview that could get you the job of your dreams.

Dressing for your body type should not be neglected; we’re all different shapes and sizes, so a standard suit doesn’t complement our body until it is tailored by a professional.

Dressing Tips For Women

Women often don’t need too much style advice since they usually enjoy keeping up with the trends and are aware of what should be worn in every situation.

Nevertheless, Superprof wants all women to succeed, especially those who usually make poor fashion choices, and make a positive impression with their style of dress and grooming. Therefore, it is essential to state that women should preferably wear classic outfits that do not attract too much attention to specific body parts; you know what we mean!

Tight skirts, tops, and jackets with intense colours need to be avoided like the plague!

A dark coloured pantsuit with a stylish blouse is very neutral and does not evoke any negative emotions in the recruiter. All clothing should be well-ironed, and it is essential to remember that light colours demonstrate a positive and joyful temperament while black and navy blues evoke fierceness, vigour, and dedication.

Therefore, the colours depend on the type of job sought after and the qualities one wishes to send to the recruiter.

Dress and Grooming Tips For Men

The fashion industry has many more options for women than men. A classic outfit that should be worn for an interview includes well-ironed pants, a jacket, and a light coloured shirt.

In specific professional sectors, a tie is highly recommended but check before to avoid an awkward situation. 

A man who knows how to dress with the right accessories and exudes class is an extraordinary asset that much appreciated in the workplace. Everybody loves a sharp-dressed man!

Simple details such as ironing your shirt and shining your shoes will go noticed by employers who want their employees to be neatly groomed to reflect the reputation of the company positively.

Remember that good personal hygiene is extremely important. Men tend to be more smelly than women, so regular showers and applying perseverant deodorants need to be accomplished.

Also, since men sweat a lot, it would not be a wise decision to rush to work running; take your time, you’ll smell sweet and look like a million bucks!

While dress and grooming are important, are there any other helpful tips to win over recruiters?

Types of Dress That Should Be Avoided on Interviews

Don’t you think it would be an absolute shame to miss out on a job opportunity because of poor wardrobe choices that are not adapted to the company you want to integrate? It definitely would be!

the best clothes to wear You don’t want your interview outfit to look like you just went for a run! (Source: pixabay)

Therefore, without further delay, the following are the top clothes items to avoid wearing on interviews:

  • Clothes that are too tight,
  • Skirts that are too short,
  • Holey jeans and sweatpants,
  • Blouses with a plunging neckline,
  • Overly colourful clothes,
  • Trainers,
  • Graphic t-shirts,
  • Heavy makeup,
  • Excessively high heels,
  • Expensive jewellery.

It is better to avoid too many colours, jewels, and too much cologne or perfume. You don’t want the entire office knowing you’re a Calvin Klein One fan!

Also, ruffled clothes need to be avoided since they are synonymous with negligence to many employers. Dressing well in comfortable fabrics is a great way to remain relaxed in your gestures and body language.

Another piece of advice is to arrive at an interview with a modest and well-chosen handbag, for women, and briefcase, for men; it shows professionalism and effectively organises all your necessary documents. 

In conclusion, we firmly believe that by following the dress and grooming advice in today’s article, a successful interview and a fantastic job are guaranteed!

Are there any helpful suggestions to reduce stress before an interview?

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