Dress to impress: The dress code for your job interview

By December 7, 2014Tips for Job Seekers

The old saying, “first impressions are the most important,” is rarely as true as it is in the job-seeking process. When you first walk through the door for a job interview, the interviewer will often make an immediate assessment of your appearance and how it will represent the company. Your resume can list every possible skill that makes you the perfect candidate, but if you’ve not properly presented a professional appearance, you may be wasting your time.

Business attire has changed with the times. What was expected in the ‘80s and ‘90s is very different from what is expected of employees today.

Let’s begin by saying what we hope we you don’t actually need to hear. A T-shirt, jeans and sneakers are not appropriate for any job interview. Whether you’re applying for your very first job at a grocery store or fast food restaurant or the CEO of a large company, street clothes suggest that you are not taking this job or the employer seriously and even that you might not be a motivated individual.

Now that we’ve addressed that, the term business casual can be subject to wide interpretation.

Dress with the times. If you wear the same style you wore when you were “at the top of your game,” it will show to the interviewer that you may not be in touch with the times or even say, “I was a great manager in the ‘90s.”

Do your research. Take time from your job search to research what is current in professional attire. Companies like Banana Republic, J. Crew, L.L. Bean, Kohl’s and even Gap have affordable options.

See if you can get your hands on the company’s employee handbook, or look for examples of company handbooks online. This will give you an idea of what companies expect of their employees and what the dress code looks like.

Once you’ve found your job interview outfit, stand in a full-length mirror and analyze yourself from head to toe. Is your hair neat? Is it time for a new style or cut? If you have facial hair; should you shave or groom it? Are your shirt and pants ironed? Do your dress shoes need to be polished?

Spending a little extra time focused on updating your appearance will show the interviewer that you are up with the times and focused on staying current.

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