It’s not an easy task to find a job these days. So when you do get called for an interview you need to make the best impression. There is one easy method of doing this: dress for it.
That’s right. What you wear to the office and to job interviews still matters. Yes, a lot more people are telecommuting. More people are arriving to work in jeans and t-shirts. However, that doesn’t mean you should dress casually for an interview.
So, follow this easy rule for a job interview: err on the side of overdressed. Even if the company you’re interviewing for has a relaxed work environment, if you show up in jeans and a sweatshirt you’ll make a bad first impression. Dressing up demonstrates that you respect the interviewer and take the position you’re interviewing for seriously.
Then there is the workplace itself. In the event you work in a casual environment, one in which formal business attire is not required, it is possible to still dress for success. It might seem obvious, but always wear clean clothes. Resist the urge to throw on last night’s jeans. Try to always take into consideration the clothes you’re wearing, something that looks good, or is business casual clothes. Looking sharp will set you apart as a professional.
Of course, you still have to be a good worker. You could be the best-dressed person on the planet, but it will not help you if you don’t do your job well. All things being equal, the better-dressed employee will certainly make the better impression.
Posted on: 03.09.12