Job Interview Dress

By: Jimmy Sweeney

Author of the brand new "Job Interview Secret"

Amazing Job Interview Dress Tips

Getting the job interview dress code right is one of those things that seems inconsequential, but is well worth spending the time and money on. That’s not because dressing appropriately for a job interview will help you all that much, but rather because dressing inappropriately will hurt you a lot. It’s not that common for an unqualified, uninterested, unsuitable candidate to get the job because he or she wore a great outfit to the interview. But it is quite common for candidates whose background and experience appear to be qualified to have their candidacy end because they “don’t appear to fit into the corporate culture,” based largely on the way they dressed going into the job interview.

Fitting into the corporate culture is what job interview dress is really all about. Someone can try to make it sound better, by calling it “maintaining a professional appearance” but the whole point of the exercise is to make sure that you know how to fit into and look like everyone else you work with. After all, if you interviewed for a job as a rodeo clown, and showed up in an expensive suit you would be considered just as inappropriately dresses as if you showed up for an investment banking job in a pair of jeans and flip-flops. The ability to know what other people are doing, and to follow their lead without being told to do so is a very important attribute in most jobs. Face it. Most of a corporate career is based on your ability to suit up, show up, shut up and do what is expected of you without needing to be constantly told. How you dress for an interview is one indicator of your ability to do these things.

More Job Interview Dress Considerations

As a result, your best bet for job interview dress is to simply look at what people wear in that office and try to look like that, only a bit more formal. After all, they are not dressing to impress you, they already have the job. For most companies that means business professional wear. For men that’s a suit and tie. For women, it’s a pantsuit or skirt and jacket combination. Accessories are every bit as important as the main outfit, too. Again, the name of the game is fitting into the corporate environment. Is everyone in the office wearing loud, flashy colors and shiny jewelry? In that case, do it too. But they probably aren’t.

As a general rule, the more basic, plain and standard you can make your job interview dress choices look the better. There are some exceptions though, particularly in the creative fields. Advertising, show business, fashion, and publishing all have a slightly different take on what professionals wear into the office. As a candidate who wants to get a job, your best bet is to follow their lead, but try to split the difference between their fashions and the standard business attire. After all, even the most avant-garde businesses still expect for job applicants to make a bit of an effort to dress up and look nice for a job interview.

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