Getting an interview is a huge step in the process when you’re looking for a new job. In order to get the interview, you must have already impressed some people with your experience and accomplishments laid out in your resume. They’re interested and want to meet you. Congratulations!
To prep for the interview we recommend you do your homework. Conduct tons of research on the company and the position you're interviewing for and try to learn about the people who will be conducting the interviews. If you know anyone who’s worked (or is working) for the company, take them out for coffee and pick their brains. The better prepared you are, the more confident and comfortable you’ll be...and that goes for your clothing too.
You need to take time and prepare your interview outfit. Don’t let it be an afterthought, give it the thoughtful consideration it deserves. If you’ve done your research on the company, then you should have a good idea of the company culture. If you live in the same city as the company you’re interviewing with, go to the office and observe employees. What are they wearing?
If you’re interviewing at a tech startup your interview outfit will be different from something you’d wear if you were interviewing at an established financial firm. If you were interviewing in the fashion industry, you’d definitely choose something very different from, let's say, a person interviewing in pharmaceutical sales. So, there’s clearly no one ‘interview outfit’ that works for everyone in every situation.
That said, there are some basic guidelines everyone should consider when deciding what to wear.
Research: We said it earlier. Know the company, know the industry, know the city. This knowledge will steer you in the right direction.
Err on the side of ‘formal’: If you think something might be too casual for the interview, chances are it is. Don’t risk it. Go with the more formal/conservative choice.
Pay attention to details: Make sure there are no stains, rips, pulls or scuffs. You may not think anyone will notice a small detail like these, but believe us, they will. Stains, rips, pulls and scuffs send the message that you don’t care that much, that you might let things slip through the cracks. Make sure everything is polished.
Comfort is important: If you’re not comfortable in what you’re wearing it will show. You don’t want to be pulling or adjusting your clothing during the interview, it's distracting. The more comfortable you are, the more confident you will be.
Play it safe: We love to take risks, especially in fashion, but an interview is not the time to do it. After you land the job and become comfortable in your new role, feel free to experiment and branch out a bit. During the interview you want the interviewer to be focusing on you, not your outfit.
Choose something that you know is very appropriate, in impeccable shape, modern and flattering and you’ll have all the confidence you need to impress. Remember, if you’re ever in doubt, ask a professional (it's what we do!).
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