You have passed a few phone screenings, now hiring manager wants to see you in person and scheduled an interview. You have practiced all the most common interview questions, also prepared some great questions to ask, done research on the company but there’s one thing left to figure out. What to wear for your job interview?
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Making the right choice of clothes to wear for an interview can be as stressful as the interview itself. Yes, we all believe that the first impressions usually stick and the first impression that you make on your potential employer is the most important one. Researchers say that 55% of the first impressions are determined by the way you dress and enter the door. Similarly, 65% of interviewers say that the way a person dress can be the deciding factor between two potential candidates. So, you can see, it is always important to dress up appropriately for a job interview.
Don’t forget to have more than one set if you are purchasing interview clothes for yourself. The company may call you again for the next interview and, most probably, you don’t want to have to wear the same dress again. Remember that, you should be comfortable with what you are wearing because if you are not comfortable in your clothes, it will show up on your face or in your walk which may cause you to look awkward and nervous.
Whether you are male or female, business formal is known as the standard dress code for interview. Whenever you go to a company where employees dress business formal, then it is important for you to dress a little more formal while going for interview.
For women, if you wear skirts, wear a skirt that has a knee length at least and a dark color. While wearing tights, make sure that there are no ladders or holes. Mostly, covered toes shoes are appropriate but if you are wearing heel, just stick to 2-5 cm. Avoid large bags and go for a handbag. For your hairstyle, there should be a balance between funky and traditional hair. Don’t overdo makeup just strike for a fresh natural look.
For men, wear a formal dress pant of solid color with a light and fresh colored shirt. Avoid patterned shirts for interview. Wear a tie and formal office shoes. Try to keep yourself simple and up-to-date with the current styles. Don’t wear sandals for interview or other funky stuff. Don’t go too casual that it gives impression like you are going for a night out with your friends or like you just graduated.
Remember, what you are wearing for a job interview really depends upon the job you are applying for and the culture of the company. Try to customize your style according to the job you are applying for.
I am Hafiza Ayesha Khalid, a Computer Science graduate from PUCIT, Pakistan, a freelance and a technical writer who loves penning down life experiences, biographies, technical blogs, property blogs, new fashion trends and business related articles. I am passionate about technical writing because it combines my two interests – writing and technology – in almost seamless ways. I feel a little bit more of myself, when writing, because it makes me connect with the universe and helps in realizing that I am still alive. I believe in choosing words wisely because our words shape our reality.