Did you know that 65% of employers say that dress can be a deciding factor when it comes to choosing between two candidates of similar caliber? To succeed in a job interview, you must not only have a great resume or be prepared to answer the recruiters’ questions. You also have to be dressed to impress. Whether you like it or not, our appearance has an impact on what others think of us. So let’s use that to our advantage and prepare ourselves in the best way possible.
Tips for making the best possible impression at an interview
Depending on the company and the position you are applying for, certain outfits will be more appropriate than others. Of course, the classic outfit (a plain shirt, chino pants and a clutch in your hand) can still be appropriate. However, you won’t stand out that way. Instead, you want to opt for clothing that makes you look like someone who already works at the company. Someone who understands the team dynamic.
To do this, take two minutes to review team photos on their social media and analyze the job description for the position. There are certain keywords that will help you determine what to wear. For example, companies that work in the art, creative, or IT fields will have a more “free” style. While a young start-up will choose a casual style. The more traditional companies will opt for a stricter style.
What is the point of knowing how to dress for an interview? It’s the little things that make all the difference and that will allow you to impress your future boss. Subconsciously, he will already see you as a member of his team. Choosing the right clothes only takes a few minutes. On the other hand, it gives you a considerable advantage over the other candidates.
How to dress for a freestyle interview
The best way to describe freestyle dressing is that there is no set style of clothing. You are free to wear whatever you want to your interview. As long as your outfit is clean and well ironed, there is no problem. Traditional companies rarely accept this casual style of dress. It is generally more appropriate in the IT, non-profit and arts sectors.
We highly encourage you to check out the social media of the company you’re applying for or the “about” section of their website to get a better idea of what to wear.
Here are some ideas for clothing choices:
Sweater or shirt
Polos or sweaters
Sporty or comfortable shoes
How to dress for a casual interview?
The casual style is a mix between the free style and the strict style. It is neither too classic nor too casual. Companies that opt for this style of dress prioritize both the comfort of their employees while maintaining the image of credibility that traditional style offers. Young start-ups often choose this hybrid concept. We recommend that you dress a little more professionally than the average company employee for your interview. You can also wear colorful clothes, but not too much. You need to find a happy medium.
For this style of dress, you can choose clothes such as:
Blouses or shirts
Chinos or dark dress jeans
Blazers and straight jackets
Dresses that are neither too short nor too long.
How do I dress for a “strict” style interview?
Strict dress is appropriate for more traditional fields and institutions. In the financial sector, business, justice and many others, the image of the employee in suit and tie has been maintained. So, to stay true to the rule, it’s best to wear sober, elegant clothing to your job interview, as well as to work. For men, a suit, slacks and a shirt are recommended. For women, a suit or classic dress is appropriate. Clothing that is too revealing, too short or wrinkled is not recommended. Neutral or dark colors are recommended to respect the dress code.