Dressing for a job interview can be a nerve-wracking experience. You want to make a great first impression, and one of the most important aspects of that first impression is your attire. But it isn’t 1950 anymore, and the traditional wisdom (think: suit and tie or suit and heels) doesn’t always still apply. So, how do you know what to wear to a job interview? Here are some of our best tips for dressing for success in 2023.
1. DO YOUR RESEARCH
Before the interview, research the company’s culture and dress code. Check out their LinkedIn or other social media business pages and study what their employees are wearing. If they don’t have a business page, do a web search to see if there are any pictures of the employees onsite or at events. If you are using a recruiter, have them do some digging and report back to you.
If the company is more traditional, it’s best to err on the side of caution and wear more formal attire like a suit. However, if the company is more casual, you may be able to dress slightly more casually, but still aim to look professional.
2. KEEP IT SIMPLE
Your interview attire should be simple and understated. Avoid flashy jewelry or accessories that may be distracting. Same goes for overwhelming/contrasting patterns, logos, or bright colors. You want the focus to be on you and your qualifications, not your outfit.
3. DRESS FOR THE JOB
Think about the type of job you are interviewing for and dress accordingly. If you’re interviewing for a job in a creative field or at a smaller startup, you may be able to dress more casually. However, a more traditional look would be expected if you interview in the finance or healthcare sectors.
4. CONSIDER FIT & CLEANLINESS
Make sure your clothes fit well and are clean and pressed. This shows that you take pride in your appearance and pay attention to details.
5. DON’T FORGET YOUR FEET
If your feet will be visible, ensure that your shoes are clean and in good condition. Simple dress shoes are advisable – boots, loafers, or low heels. If you determine that a nice pair of sandals or open-toed shoes is appropriate, make sure your feet are clean and well-groomed.
6. AVOID STRONG SCENTS
If an in-person interview is required, it’s best to avoid strong scents that may overwhelm or irritate your interviewer. The interviewer will want to wrap up as quickly as possible to alleviate the irritant, and they will think twice about hiring you if your scent is a part of the package.
7. DRESS COMFORTABLY
While you want to look professional, you also want to feel comfortable and confident. It is very distracting for the interviewer when you are constantly tugging or pulling at ill-fitting or uncomfortable clothing. Likewise, it is difficult for you to relax and fully engage if you are self-conscious about what you are wearing.
Remember, the most important thing is to be yourself and let your qualifications and personality shine through. Knowing what to wear to a job interview is just one way to make a great first impression. See here for more tips on how to walk away a winner at your next interview. Good luck!