How to Dress for an Interview

As they say, a first impression lasts forever. Therefore, carefully plan and choose your outfit when you attend a job interview.  As you come face to face with your interviewer, your potential employer makes his/her first judgment as the interview takes place. Assessment is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That is why, in many cases, it is still important to dress professionally for a job interview, regardless of the work environment.

Unknown to many, the way you dress tells a prospective employer how you conduct yourself at work, how you manage your work flow, your work system and how you relate with other workers in the job place.

What is the appropriate dress code for an interview? In general, the candidate dressed in a suit and tie is going to make a much better impression than the candidate dressed in scruffy jeans and a t-shirt. You don’t want to be over dressed nor under dressed.

Do some research about the company, the environment, and even their annual company events. This gives you an idea how other employees dress for the occasion. You don’t always have to be formally attired but you should always be neat and clean.  When in doubt, always dress more conservatively than might be required. And don’t shower in cologne or perfume. Many times, it turns off others.

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