Let’s break it down.
Choosing the right outfit for an interview is extremely important. It sends a subconscious message to your interviewer.
Some common mistakes job seekers make are not dressing appropriately for the position, not being well-groomed, wearing colors or clothes that shock, and wearing too much perfume.
Before you just throw on some clothes and head out to your interview, take a second to think about what kind of job you’re applying for.
If it’s a…
Corporate, Legal, Accounting, Financial Services, or Manager Position
It is advised to either wear a suit or a dress in a conservative color. Navy and dark grey are preferred. Keep it clean and simple by not adding any distracting jewelry.
Young and “Hip” Business
If you’re going for a job in fashion, advertising, a modern startup, etc. you want an outfit that shows off your style and individuality. Although it still needs to be professional, pairing a black suit with an accessory or wearing a modern business outfit will leave a memorable impression.
Although this job may call for a more casual dress code while working, interviews require a little sprucing up. Wearing a suit is a little too much. However, a collared shirt with nice pants or slacks works just fine.
You want some personality in your outfit but to still embody a professional look. Wear a suit and tie or a suit/dress. When adding color to your outfit, don’t add too much. Just add enough to give a color accent to your tie, scarf, jewelry, etc.
If the company’s dress code is business, wear a suit or dress. Be conscious of heel size, dress length, tattoos, etc. For business casual, some other options would be slacks with a matching blazer or a nice cardigan with dress pants.
No matter what the field is, dress one level up from the average dress of the job, and take pride in your appearance.