Look Sharp for Interview

Look Sharp for Interview

Select what to wear to the interview. Depending on the industry and position, get out your best interview clothes and check them over for spots and wrinkles. Even if the company has a casual environment, you don’t want to look like you slept in your outfit. Above all, dress for confidence. If you feel good, others will respond to you accordingly.

It’s OK to Ask What to Wear

In many traditional industries, like finance or accounting, business professional dress will be appropriate: A conservative suit, shirt and tie if you’re a man, or a conservative suit if you’re a woman, with — perhaps — personality shown through your shirt or jewelry, Glass says. In other industries such as advertising, public relations, graphic design and information technology, what to wear might be less clear. If that’s the case, Glass says, ask about the company’s general dress policies when you’re first contacted about an interview.

 

“You can say to the person you speak with, ‘I want to make sure I understand your company culture and dress appropriately,'” Glass notes. “It’s not a bad thing at all. In fact, it shows respect.”

 

If in doubt, err on the conservative side. “I’ve been overdressed at times, and that can be uncomfortable,” Glass says. “But that’s much better than being underdressed.”


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