When you are interviewing for a job, what you wear says a lot about you. To increase your chances, your attire plays an important supporting role. What you wear is just as important as your conduct, your interpersonal skills and your ability to articulate intelligent and well thought out responses to questions.
Many economists have said the economy is improving and a few predict there will be a larger wave of new hirers than last year. Having the right attire during an interview would improve your chances to being hired. Your attire means a lot. “What it says is, ‘I’m taking this interview seriously,’” says Marcus Owen, a returning citizen. He added that the proper attire can make or break an interview.
Furthermore, Marcus says that in some jobs customer contact and image is very important, so you have to give the right look. “Be aware that in some jobs, customer contact and image presented to the customer is critical. You have to always be on point.”
Fashion fads come and go (like the width of lapels, the cut of pants, or the colors of blouses available in the stores), but basic professional attire hardly ever changes. A good suit should last five to ten years, depending on its quality, how hard you wear it, how well you care for it, and if it continues to fit you well.
Dark colors like black or navy blue are all acceptable in an interview. Other colors tend to come and go, but these two are almost always going to be the norm. You should avoid the extremes like red, purple, or green.
It’s always best to go with a matching two piece suit. This applies for men and women.
Even if you might wear jeans on the job, a suit is still best during an interview. Wearing a suit shows that you are taking this job very seriously. Dressing well is a compliment to the person(s) with whom you meet. If you absolutely don’t own a suit or cannot get one in time for the interview, you can wear pressed pants (like khakis) and a dark jacket. It’s less formal than a suit, but still business-appropriate for both men and women.
Ties go along with the fashions. The colors can vary, but you have to try to be as ordinary as possible. If you can, avoid fashion extremes, like character ties. Try to stick with solid colors, if possible. Keep abreast of what men and women wear on the job. A good idea is to attend as many career and job fairs as possible; this could give you some practice on what people are wearing and what works best for you.
Wear long sleeved shirts; even in the summer. Choose white or light blue solid or conservative stripes. Whatever you do, don’t shoot for trendy. Just remember that every detail about you should be clean and well pressed.
If you are a woman, remember that you can wear a pants suit. This can ben an excellent choice because you do have more mobility (just in case you have to do a site visit). Don’t let television shows give you the idea of what is appropriate attire. Skirts should cover your thighs when you are seated. Showing a lot of thigh makes you look green at best; and foolish at worst. A skirt that ends at the knee when you’re standing looks chic and professional. If you think what you are wearing is too tight, then don’t wear it, period.
Remember these key rules:
Your attire should be well-fitting (not too baggy, and not too tight).
Your attire should be an extension of you and not take center stage.
You should always dress nicely for an interview, even if job requires casual dress.
Only dress down if the interviewer asks you to.
Never dress for a party or date (always dress professionally).