They say you never have a second chance to make a first impression. But the job search process is an entire series of first impressions, beginning with your initial application and resume and culminating with your in-person interview. What you wear matters, so it’s vital that you put a lot of thought into your wardrobe. Here is a collection of some good advice on what to wear at your next interview.
In most cases, if you’re uncertain what to wear, it’s always a good idea to err on the side of professional. A professional outfit conveys that you’re serious about the job. For men, this may be a suit and tie or at least buttoned shirt with a tie. For women, this can be much more complicated because there aren’t clear-cut rules regarding professional. If you have a suit, with either a skirt or pants, that may be your best choice.
Consider the Specific Job
Of course, there may be instances where the job itself will dictate what you should wear. For example, creative businesses look for people who have a little flair in their wardrobe. A labor position doesn’t necessarily require a suit, but you still want to dress neatly. And always follow the hiring manager’s directions. If they say to dress casually, it may be a test to see if you can follow instructions.
Go Light on Accessories
No matter how you’ve dressed, edit your accessories before the interview. Too many will be a distraction. For women, keep your accessories or jewelry low key and professional. Large pieces will attract the attention away from what you’re saying to what you’re wearing. Choose conservative pieces that make you feel good when you wear them.
Skip the Scents
Another important note is regarding scents like cologne or perfume. Even if you love the fragrance, you need to consider the other people around you. Many individuals have a sensitivity to odors, and not only will it be a distraction, but it could be a health hazard for those with breathing difficulties or autoimmune disorders. Be respectful and go light or skip added fragrances altogether.
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