Dress for Success

Struggling to decide on an outfit for your upcoming job interview?

Sources say that up to 55% of another person's perception of you is based on how you look. What you wear to an interview creates an image or perception of the type of person you are, so choosing your attire is critical to presenting yourself as the right candidate to hire. How interview attire has shifted The past 10 - 15 years has ushered in a more casual approach to workplace attire, including during interviews. Today job seekers are dressing up as a way to differentiate themselves from other candidates and employers are paying close attention to what candidates wear to interviews. Interview attire is often seen as a test of a candidate’s familiarity of the company and industry.

Tips to dress for positive impact:

  • The appropriate interview attire depends on the industry in which you’ll be interviewing, as well as the geographic location and time of year.
  • Spend time on the Internet researching the company, industry and competitors to determine suitable interview outfits.
  • Still not sure? Call the company’s HR department and ask what they recommend you wear.
  • When in doubt, err on the side of being slightly over dressed, rather than show up looking too casual. Don’t have an appropriate outfit?
  • Go to a large department store like Nordstrom or Macy’s and ask for help from a personal shopper. Take what you learn to a store such as Burlington Coat Factory or your local Goodwill where you may find some great finds at affordable prices.
  • Ensure that your clothes are cleaned and pressed. Avoid wearing perfume or cologne.
  • Wear makeup and jewelry that are appropriate to the job/company/industry.
  • Remember, your clothes can influence your chances for landing a job