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How Should I Dress for My Job Interview?

Posted by: Gavin Au-Yeung Date: July 12, 2021 Category: Blog

You only have one chance to make a good “first impression” during a job interview. The clothing you wear to your next job interview can influence whether you get hired or not. Wearing the appropriate clothing at an interview suggests that you are putting in an effort and interested in the position.

Continue reading to learn more about the ins and outs of interview fashion.

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Is There a Dress Code?

You’ve been invited for a job interview – great!

Regardless of whether your interview is in-person or online, research the company’s level of formality. Consider photos of employees on the company website to determine their dress code and try your best to follow along to shows employers that you will be a “fit” with the company’s culture. Generally speaking, business casual is acceptable for interviews. But there’s nothing wrong with dressing up in business formal clothing when you are unsure.

What is Business Casual?

You’re not going to your best friend’s wedding, but you’re also not going to the local sports bar. Most companies default to business casual as a standard dress code. This is a great option for job interviews in almost every industry.

For men, this means wearing a collared and buttoned shirt with long sleeves. The shirt should be tucked into your dress pants or chinos. Finish off the look with dark-coloured dress shoes or loafers along with matching socks.

Business casual for women starts with a buttoned shirt or blouse underneath a jacket or cardigan. Wearing dress pants or a skirt often works well with the top. Generally speaking, business casual skirts are around knee-length or longer. Finish off the look with comfortable close-toed flats, pumps, or low heels.

Related Blog: Dressing for Interviews in Canada

What Should I Avoid?

A general rule is to avoid anything that is flashy or attention-grabbing. This means avoiding anything with bright colours or wearing attention-grabbing jewelry and accessories. In addition, clothing that exposes too much skin such as shorts and sleeveless tops are generally not appropriate for interviews. Lastly, avoid using strong perfume or cologne that may distract the interviewers.

Be Confident in Your Clothes

Pick out your clothing the night before your interview and make sure they look well when put together. You’re ready to take on the interview, so keep your head up high and approach the interview with confidence.

Don’t worry, we know you look good!

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