Interview Outfits: Do’s and Don’ts
So I landed an Interview, now what do I wear?
Preparing for an interview is one of the most vital, yet nerve-racking portions of the interview process. After I practice my interview questions, I always then ask myself the same question; “So … what will I wear?”
In a world where first impressions are everything, it is hard not to stress over something as simple as an outfit. That’s why I prepared a simple list of do’s and don’ts to get you started! Follow these tips, and you will be rocking that interview outfit in no time.
Don't wear a brand new outfit to the interview
Picture this: you are in an interview, and your brand new shoes are rubbing a blister into your heel. I have made this mistake many times in the past few years. Since I am still in school, I did not and still do not own many interview-appropriate outfits for a business setting. I often run to the store to grab a nice pair of closed toe, flats to match my slacks before an interview. However, I commonly forget to break in the shoes before I wear them. In my last interview, I wore brand new shoes all day and ended up with a massive cut on my heel from the friction. Do not make my mistakes; you can just learn from them!
If you do not have an outfit that is appropriate for an interview, you should buy your essentials! However, you need to try them on and wear them before the day of your interview! If you are uncomfortable in the clothes you are wearing, it will show!
Do find an interview outfit that instills Confidence and Comfort
My best piece of advice is to find an outfit that is comfortable and makes you feel confident in yourself. Like I stated previously, your interviewer will be able to easily tell if you are uncomfortable. You should wear an outfit that makes you feel good, both physically and mentally! If you are comfortable, you will automatically feel more confident about yourself. Find an outfit that balances both, while still being professional.
Don't forget to check your interview outfit for blemishes
Do yourself a favor and check your outfit for wrinkles, stains, or rips ahead of time. If you show up to an interview with a huge stain on your pants and a wrinkled shirt, then it will show an interviewer that you did not take the time to actually prepare. While this may have been a quick oversight from you, it will not sit well with a potential employer. Take the time during your preparation to do a thorough check of your outfit for anything that does not belong.
Do dress up more if you doubt your outfit
In many cases, it can be difficult to interpret what type of outfit to wear to an interview. Try to take into account the kind of job you are interviewing for. For example, you would dress differently for an interview with a bank or an insurance company versus a dance studio. My best advice is to always dress slightly better than what you think your interviewers will. Trust me; it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed in any given situation. This does not mean to come dressed for a black tie gala for your peer tutoring interview! You should just try to make a good impression and show your professionalism through your outfit.
You know what to do now; go work that interview outfit
So there is your interview outfit do’s and don’ts! Follow these tips when constructing your outfit, and you are sure to get your dream job!