Skirt? Pants? Dressy? or Casual? The night before a job interview, these might be just some of the questions going through your mind. How you present yourself and your appearance at a job interview is very important! Whether you think its right or wrong, we are all judged on our appearance and this includes our clothes. About.com even lists “dressing inappropriately” as the second top interview plunder.
What you will choose to wear on your interview will depend entirely on where you are interviewing. If you are going to a professional interview than the safest route to take is dressing conservatively and pay attention to details. However, do a little bit of investigating and see what people at that organization wear to work. You don’t want to be over-dressed or under-dressed for the interview. The potential employer might think that you don’t really care about the interview and thus the job. I’m not suggesting that you go out and spend a lot of money on clothes. For women, a simple pencil skirt, button-up white shirt, and a pair of pumps will look great. You guys out there can wear a pair of khaki’s and a button-up shirt. However, don’t forget about a suite. This is perfect for both men and women.
Qintcarrers.com lists a few points for both men and women. Included in these points are to make sure you have:
- clean and polished conservative dress shoes
- well-groomed hairstyle
- cleaned and trimmed fingernails
- minimal cologne or perfume
- no visible body piercing beyond conservative ear piercings for women
- well-brushed teeth and fresh breath
- no gum, candy, or other objects in your mouth
- minimal jewelry
- no body odor
By keeping these tips in mind, you should be “dressed for success” and remember that in a job interview you are ultimately trying to sell yourself. Below are a few examples that picture appropriate clothing for both men and women.