How to Dress for Any Kind of Job Interview

No matter how much you prepare for it, job interviews can be nerve-wracking. Besides the tips we provided in our ‘How to Reduce Stress This Year’ article, which includes getting enough sleep and keeping a clear head, another way to stave off those jitters is by dressing well for your interview.

Of course, it varies depending on what the nature of your work is. If you're a graphic designer applying for a start-up, for example, wearing chunky suits is going to make you stick out like a sore thumb. The same sentiment carries over when you attempt to wear loud prints in a meeting with a real estate client.

Now that we've established how different companies call for different definitions of "appropriate," here are five easy tips to remember when picking out the right outfit.

Research About the Company

It doesn’t matter how non-traditional the office space is; it pays to know the kind of culture its employees have when choosing what to wear. Almost every company has multiple social accounts like Facebook or Glassdoor, and using pictures you find of the team as reference can help you choose an outfit.

Pick Something Comfortable

In any industry, the one thing you should never sacrifice for professional purposes is comfort. These button-down shirts on Woman Within are an easy yet stylish choice, thanks to the breathable cotton fabric and clean cut. You can even pair it with anything, be it slacks or a pencil skirt. Complete your look with a mid-level heel, like this slingback pump from Vaneli. Though your 6-inch heels may look pretty, it's more embarrassing if you end up tripping on your way out.

Add a Little Color

There are far more shades on the spectrum than gray or navy. And yes, it's completely possible to add a splash of color and still look professional. The key is to keep it subtle and coordinate it with your entire outfit. For instance, if you plan on wearing an all-black suit, then consider sporting a brighter bag. This colorblock leather and shell shoulder bag from Marni is an instant head-turner without making too much of a scene. Plus, it's spacious enough to hold all your work essentials.

Present Yourself Neatly

You could wear designer clothes and be sporting expensive earrings, but it might just take a crumpled sleeve or dirty fingernails to throw off your interviewer. In fact, recruiting experts from Pro Sky reveal that it only takes seconds for interviewers to form an opinion of you. Make every single second count by ensuring your hair is in place, teeth are clean, and clothes are coffee stain-free.

Clarify

If you're genuinely unsure of what to wear to your interview, it never hurts to ask your recruiter. When you receive a call or email regarding the time and location of the interview, your reply should not only indicate that you are available. Don't be shy to ask other questions you may have, such as the interview dress code, if applicable.

Whether you’re a freelancer hoping to land a new client or a remote worker gearing up for an online interview, don't underscore the importance of dressing up. The old saying "dress for the job you want" still rings true in this day and age.


Article written by: Eloise Conway

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