Dressing for the job you want is a common suggestion when it comes to interview attire, but figuring out what it actually means can be confusing. At the basic level, you understand it’s about looking nicer than your usual outfit selection, but that still leaves room for interpretation. Instead of overthinking it, consider these basic guidelines for what to wear to a job interview.
1. Consider your colors
A pop of color can be nice, but it should be used as a complement and not the main theme of the outfit. Stick with classic colors, like black, navy, and khaki for most of your look and add in a little color if desired.
When you wear a color, you’re instantly drawing more attention to your appearance. If something is too tight or too short, the color will accentuate it and potentially hurt your chances of getting the job. Similarly, avoid loudly patterned ties. You want to wear one that coordinates well with your outfit but doesn’t make a large statement itself.
2. Don’t overdo it
Smelling good is always a positive in life, but dousing yourself in heaps of cologne or perfume can leave a negative impression and potentially create an uncomfortable interview atmosphere. Try out the scent you want to wear before the interview and ask for opinions. Keep it light so your smell doesn’t silently dominate the conversation. When it comes to make-up, a simple look is preferable to bright, dominating colors. Think natural colors to enhance your features without overpowering your face.
3. But don’t underdo it either
Staying too casual can make it seem like you don’t care about the position or you’re unprepared for a job in a professional environment. Even if it’s a job in retail or something with a set uniform, you should still avoid jeans or the trap of just adding a blazer to spruce up an outfit. Even if you see other candidates and feel overdressed, it’s better to look your best than take a chance.
4. Keep it classic without being dated
Classic, well-fitted pieces are your best bet when selecting your interview outfit. You want something that fits well and supports your qualifications. If you don’t have anything that looks like it was made in the last few years, invest in a few nice pieces, including a new pair of shoes.
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