Last updated on March 19th, 2020 at 09:32 am

A good choice of clothes won’t win you a job contract. But it can definitely help you succeed in an interview. How?

If we like our clothes, our confidence grows. Once we feel comfortable and sure about our interview attire, we do not have to think about it anymore.

We can give our entire attention to things that matter more–answering the questions, and trying to make a good connection with the interviewers.

Let’s have a look at four simple tips that should help you to decide how to dress for your interview.

 

1. Keep it simple, wear favorite colors
Man in a nice but simple interview outfit - black jacket, blue shirt, blue tie, and positive body language.

Simple one colored shirt, skirt, or even t-shirt is fine in most cases. The interviewer shall pay attention to what you say, not what you wear.

This changes only when you apply for a job of a flight attendant, hostess, or some similar role, or when your interviewing skills suck, and you want them to focus on your clothes rather than on your words. 🙂

You can obviously mix some colors and try to experiment (female interviewers like blue and red colors, male love green, blue, and black the most), but in general, you should try to keep it simple.

Try to stand out with your words, not with your clothes.

 

2. Check their dress code and learn from it

You should find out what they wear in the company, the dress code they follow. The best way to do it is visiting the offices of the company (easily doable when you apply for a job in a hotel, retail store, bank, etc), and observe the patterns and habits of existing employees.

The corporate website (or pictures on social media profiles) can also give you some information about their dress code.

Once you know what they wear, follow the same rules while choosing your dress for an interview.

Do the female employees were skirts, or trousers? Is everyone wearing something in dark blue color, since this color represents the corporate identity of the company? Are people dressed casually, or formally? Find out as much as you can, and try to fit in.

 

Woman in a beautiful and professional interview attire, cream jacket, cream pants, white blouse. We can see other people in the background.3. Keep it comfortable, check weather forecast

Uncomfortable clothes (or shoes), and little niggles we feel here and there becasue of wearing them, can easily have an impact on our concentration.

You can lose only ten percent, or perhaps just one percent from your focus, which doesn’t seem important.

But at the end of the day, this one percent can make a difference between you and the second best job candidate.

Try to put on something comfortable, something you feel good wearing, something you have experience with. Do not buy new clothes or shoes just for your job interview. And if you do buy them, wear them at least a few days before, to ensure you are feeling comfortable in your new stuff.

You should also think about weather. Wearing a beautiful white summer dress is not a good idea when it rains outside (or when it is supposed to rain)–even though you may feel great in the summer dress.

And wearing a shirt, jacket and tie is not a perfect choice in a blazing heat of a summer afternoon…

 

4. Focus on things that matter the most

Honestly, if you do not wear many accessories, if your clothes aren’t dirty or strongly inappropriate for the position you apply for, you will be fine in your interview.

Of course, every detail counts, and you can improve your chances of succeeding with the choice of right clothes.

But you should not spend hours choosing your clothes, or buying new clothes for the interview and trying everything on in front of the mirror, because you have many other important things to address while preparing for the big day. For example the following:

Matthew Chulaw

Matthew has been working in international recruitment since 2008. He helps job seekers from all walks of life to pursue their career goals, and to prepare for their interviews. He is the founder of InterviewPenguin.com website.
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