You’ve been selected for an interview based on your skills and experience – but how you dress and present yourself can convey a great deal about your perceived character, values, work ethic and viability as a future employee. Did you know that an employer will make their first impression about whether or not to hire you based on the first 30 seconds of your interview? For this reason, dressing appropriately and conservatively for an interview is vitally important.
Business Formal is the standard dress code for a job interview.
Women’s business formal attire could include the following:
Skirt suit (preferably in a dark color), which includes knee-length skirt, tailored jacket, and solid (or subtle patterned) blouse/top
Pant suit (preferably in a dark color), which includes tailored pants and jacket, and solid (or subtle patterned) blouse/top
Closed toed shoes with no more than 1-2 inch heels
Post earrings (not dangling or large), minimal jewelry such as rings, bracelets, or necklaces
Small to medium size purse, along with portfolio, pen, and extra copies of your resume.
Men’s business formal attire could include the following:
Two-piece, single-breasted, and dark (solid color or conservative pinstripes) suit
White dress shirt and with a white undershirt underneath and conservative tie (no bowties, bright colors, or bold patterns)
Dark, polished shoes and matching socks
Portfolio, pen, and extra copies of your resume
Conservative, short haircut
Conveying your personality through your style choices can help you to stand out and appear more confident, but whatever your wear, make sure it’s clean, ironed, and leaning towards the conservative as opposed to the outlandish.
Your interview is an opportunity to show hiring managers that you’re perfect for the role – and maintaining proper appearance will ensure they focus on your abilities rather than your attire, and ensure your fashion choices don’t distract from your sparkling personality and mad skills.