Dress to Impress: What to Wear to a Job Interview

by wpengine on December 10, 2014 in Job Search Tips


First impressions are key when landing a job. We are often asked how to dress for a job interview because society isn’t as formal as it once was. Our Placers team compiled this list of tips and tricks when it comes to presenting yourself for an interview and putting your best foot forward:

Do some research. Investigate what the company environment is and mirror that image. If you are interviewing for an executive or managerial position always wear a suit. Keep it simple and don’t overdo it with accessories, makeup, or perfume/cologne.

“Dress for the position you want, not the one you have.” The age-old adage provides eternal wisdom when it comes to dressing to impress. Absolutely no jeans. Do not wear jeans to an interview even if the person who is interviewing you is wearing them.

Don’t forget good hygiene and groom yourself. You could have the best outfit on but if your hair is messy or your facial hair isn’t trimmed that’ll be the first thing the interviewer notices AND what they’ll remember. Be sure to clean up and present yourself as if you were going to a dinner party. One of our recruiters said that a huge pet peeve of hers is unclean fingernails. Make sure you’re squeaky clean from head to toe!

Tuck your shirt in. Even if you’re interviewing at a company with a laid back culture, be sure to tuck your shirt in. It helps you look clean cut and organized, rather than that “just-got-out-of-bed” look.

Sit up straight. Body language is a big factor during an interview. Be aware of your posture and where your hands are and make sure you smile and make eye contact.

Remember that it is important to feel comfortable yet polished during your interview. When you’re comfortable and put together, your confidence will shine through and set you up for success!

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