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How to dress appropriately for an interview

Even if you have an impressive resume, an excellent internship experience and great grades, it might be very difficult for you to get the job if you show up looking unprofessional and unkempt. Your appearance will play a major role in determining your success at an interview. Making the right first impression is important and dressing appropriately will make a huge difference. Given below are a few tips to help you dress right for a job:

Ask about the dress code

Study the company that you will be interviewing with and ask the recruiter about the dress code. Does the company have a conservative culture where everyone wears suits to the office or do they have a casual environment?

Striking a balance

Wearing a suit for the interview may actually not be the right choice. If all employees wear jeans and t-shirts, you will look and feel out of place wearing a suit. The opposite is also true because it will only highlight the fact that you are not a good fit for the company. Strike a balance instead. Don’t wear anything too casual or too fancy.

Don’t be underdressed

It is usually better to be overdressed rather than underdressed for an interview. Your goal should be to match the work attire of that company or even take it up by a notch. For example, if the employees follow wear casual clothes to work, business casual will be impressive. If the employees wear business casual, wear a high quality suit for the interview. Appropriateness is the key to success when it comes to dressing for an interview.

Dress according to the position you apply for

It is also important to think about what kind of position you are applying for and dress accordingly. For example, if you are appearing for a job in the PR or media industry, you would want to come across as professional but fashionable. Having a bad sense of fashion will definitely not come across right for a job in the media industry since first impressions are very important in that industry. On the other hand, if you are appearing for a job interview in the retail industry, it may not be necessary to wear a suit. Looking professional is still quite important so you can dress well and look professional with smart trousers, good quality shirt and shoes.

Dressing tips for women:

  • Avoid wearing extremely tight or short clothes
  • Ensure your hair is styled neatly
  • Avoid bold colors
  • Wear minimal jewelry
  • Avoid open toe, open heeled or stiletto heels
  • Wear a knee length skirt or a trouser suit
  • Avoid too much makeup

Dressing tips for men:

  • Ensure you are clean shaven and have neatly styled hair
  • Avoid wearing jewelry
  • Do not sport piercings or tattoos
  • Avoid wearing short sleeved shirts
  • Wear solid colors
  • Wear professional shoes with dark colored socks
  • Opt for a well-fitting suit with tie
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