Appearance is an important factor anytime you make a first impression. Especially when your career is riding on that impression to market yourself to a potential employer. Choosing your outfit for a job interview is a delicate process, as you can’t afford to be forgettable, but you don’t want to look outrageously out of place in their office either. Strike the perfect balance between classy and original, and you’ll up your chances or getting a callback. Here are some tips to help you dress to impress for an interview.
1. Keep It Classy, But Not Predictable
There’s nothing wrong with choosing a classic professional look, such as a dark suit, tie, and dress shirt—it’s a classic for a reason.
2. Personalize Based On Culture
It’s also important to take the company’s unique corporate culture into consideration when dressing for an interview. If the position is a high-level management role, you’ll probably want to look sharp regardless of it you’re interviewing at an amusement park or a bank. But if you’re interviewing for role at a start-up tech company, for instance, you can probably dress more casually if you know the culture is very laid back.
3. Clean Up
Make sure that any item of clothing on your body is clean before heading to your interview. There’s nothing worse than a man in a great suit with a mustard stain on his tie. Also tidy up yourself with a shower, neat hairstyle, trimmed fingernails, and hint of cologne. Just don’t douse your entire body in aftershave and various scents, but a light, clean scent is always a good thing. If you have great facial hair, there’s no reason to lose the beard, but keep it short and neat so it doesn’t become distracting from the rest of your appearance.
4. Take Care of the Details
Coordinate your belt with the rest of your outfit. Keep your shoes conservative and forgo any flashy accessories. Avoid wearing bright orange socks that will stick out and ruin your entire outfit (if you actually own socks like these, you may need to rethink your entire wardrobe). Employers want to hire people who are detail-oriented and understand how to coordinate various aspects of any project, including your outfit.
5. Bring a Briefcase
If the job is more casual, or you’re interviewing for an unconventional position where it would never make sense to bring a briefcase, at the very least show up with a notebook, pen, and a copy of your resume. Showing up unprepared for an interview does not bode well for your potential as an employee in any field of work.
Aside from impressing your interviewer with your acute sense of style, dressing well for an interview will also boost your self-confidence and make you feel more capable of scoring that job.