Within the first minute of meeting someone, most people make an assumption based on that first impression. And that is why it’s important to put some thought and research into what you wear to a job interview so that you don’t make any interview attire mistakes.
Your interview attire is very important and you don’t want to make any interview attire mistakes.
You never know, making interview attire mistakes may actually lead to you not landing a job. Making an clothing mistake may show to your interviewer that you don’t know how to dress professionally, that you don’t really understand the position you are applying for, and so on.
This doesn’t mean that you have to spend a ton of money on your interview clothing. It’s all about doing your research and knowing the correct type of clothing to wear.
Below are common interview clothing mistakes you may be making:
Not knowing the company’s dress code.
There are different ways to dress for different companies. You probably wouldn’t dress the same way to an accounting firm interview as you would to a fashion-related company.
You should try to figure out what the dress code is at the company you are about to interview at. If you can’t figure it out, I always tell people to drive up to the interviewer’s office and see what people who are going in and out of the building are wearing. Try to see how the majority of the people are dressed and that should help lead you in the correct direction.
Showing too much cleavage.
Okay, that probably just made me sound ancient, but it’s true. You shouldn’t go into a job interview with your shirt completely unbuttoned and everything hanging out. You should have some respect for yourself.
You probably don’t want to show your stomach either, because I can’t even imagine how that would go haha!
Also, when it comes to shoes, it is usually best to wear closed toe shoes to a job interview. That means no sandals, no flip flops, no open-toed shoes, and so on.
Not being properly groomed.
You should always make sure to shower, not smell bad, have clean clothing, brush your hair, have on the correct amount of makeup (you don’t want to go overboard), and so on. You also don’t want to wear so much cologne or perfume that you are overwhelming and your interview cannot breathe. You need a health balance!
Sounds easy enough, but sadly I have seen some scary things in the interview room!
Dressing like you are going to the club.
I’ve always been told that if you can wear your outfit to a club, then you probably shouldn’t wear it to an interview. Of course, there are always exceptions to this, but if you are doubting whether your outfit is interview worthy or not, then it may not be.
It’s always best to be safe and find something better.
What interview clothing mistakes have you seen?
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