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How to Dress to Impress for a Job Interview

How to Dress to Impress for a Job Interview

You went through the process of searching for a job, writing and sending a resume and cover letter, and now you landed an interview—congratulations! Now it’s time for what’s considered one of the hardest parts of the process: nailing the job interview. Of course it’s important to come to the interview knowing as much as you can about the company and being able to sell yourself, but it’s equally as important to make a great first impression when it comes to your outward appearance.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when considering how to dress for your upcoming job interview:

Research the Company

You should have already taken this step if you’ve applied for the job. Research the company online to get an idea of the dress code. If you can’t find any information, don’t be afraid to ask the person you’ve been corresponding with what you’re expected to wear.

Dress for the Job You Want

The adage “dress for the job you want, not the job you have” rings somewhat true for job interviews. If the job you’re interviewing for is an office job, consider wearing a suit or, at the very least, a blazer and matching pants with dress shoes. This doesn’t mean you have to wear a suit every day if you get the job; in fact, you’ll likely be overdressed, but it’s definitely better than being underdressed at a job interview. Going above and beyond with your outfit will show your interviewer that you mean business.

Replicate the Uniform

If the position you are interviewing for has a uniform or unique dress code, try to replicate it in your job interview outfit. For example, if you’re interviewing for a retail position and you know the uniform is a polo and khakis, wear that to the interview. If you’re interviewing for a position at a restaurant and you’ve noticed the employees wear dressy black clothes, make sure to fit that specific dress code at your interview. If you are interviewing for a position at a clothing brand, try to wear clothes from the brand or that look like the brand would sell them. Never wear a labeled item of clothing from a competitor brand.

Look your best

On top of dressing to impress, it’s also necessary to look your best. Ensure you are well groomed. Make sure your hair is neat, your fingernails are clean, and your teeth are brushed. It’s also important that nothing you’re wearing is distracting. Avoid wearing bright colours, patterns, and loud accessories. If you wear something neutral, your interviewer will be focusing on your answers to their questions instead of staring at what you’re wearing.

Dressing to impress at your job interview shows that you respect yourself, the interviewer, and the company. If you present yourself professionally, you’ll be one step closer to the job. Need more help acing that interview? WorkBC Vancouver City Centre operated by FSGV offers a free interview workshop to help you feel confident and empowered in your job interview skills.