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How To Dress Appropriately For An Interview

In this post, we will be taking a look at how to dress appropriately for an interview

The notion that you are addressed the way you are dressed is 100% correct. The first impression matters a lot hence you need to be able to make a bold first impression when you get an interview invite. This is because, after the interview process, the interview panel still takes their time to reflect on the experiences they had with everyone they interviewed. One of the things that speak volumes is your dress and appearance. In this post, we will be taking a look at how to dress appropriately for an interview.

How To Dress Appropriately For An Interview

Even while you can’t eliminate interview anxiety, at least you won’t have to worry about what to dress. You should go to bed the night before your big interview knowing that a polished, acceptable outfit is ready and waiting for you. What you should know is as follows.

For formal interviews – suits are a must

Unless the dress code specifies differently, most job interviews are deemed formal, which calls for wearing a suit. Women can also choose a classy dress or, conceivably, a particularly lovely blouse without a jacket. The latter is a risk you should avoid unless necessary.

Be conventional

Having a memorable interview is vital, but you’d rather be remembered as “the one who goes skydiving on the weekends” rather than “the one with the bright red shirt.” Dress in a style that is straightforward, subtle, and conventional to give yourself the best chance. Choose navy or dark grey, and only experiment with details like pinstripes if you are certain that you know what you’re doing.

Play it safe with the rest, including the tights, shoes, ties, bags, and scarves. Reduce the color intensity. Yellow, red, and pink are stretching it; orange is a big no-no (even though we adore it here at Bright Network). I’m sorry, but you’ll come off as a little drab. That is the key idea. Do not let your attire overpower your personality.

What does business casual mean?

If the interviewer specifically requests business casual attire, they might just be sparing you the trouble of buying a suit, or they might be assessing how well you fit in. You must hit the mark for the business. Here, inside knowledge is helpful. Try to dress a little more formally than the person interviewing you, if at all possible.

Key rules for a business casual outfit:

  • No suits. It’s fine to wear a jacket, but it should be the light, stylish kind, paired with a non-matching skirt or trousers.
  • No jeans, trainers or t-shirts. If you’d wear it to lounge around at home, it’s not the right look.
  • For the guys, you absolutely must wear a collared shirt. Add a light wool sweater, jacket, tie, or all of the above as you like.
  • Women, pair a nice blouse with formal trousers or a skirt. If you go with a dress, you can get away with something more flowing than you’d wear to a formal interview, but avoid anything strappy.

General dressing tips for women:

  • Don’t overdo the jewelry – anything too chunky or dangly. Also, avoid anything that gives you the urge to fiddle with it.
  • Keep the heels moderate (3 inches max) but avoid completely flat shoes unless you need them. Be sure to coordinate – navy with navy suits, black with grey.
  • No cleavage – it looks unprofessional.
  • Wear tights, even in summer.
  • If you opt for a dress instead of a suit, it needs to be sleek, sculpted, and mostly solid dark color. 

General dressing tips for men:

  • Ties should be low-key. This is no place for comedy or cartoon characters.
  • Wear black leather shoes and a matching belt. Brown shoes are for light grey or linen suits, which aren’t suitable.
  • Go for a plain shirt in traditional color – white or pale blue. Beware of pink!
  • Your suit needs to fit you well. Get yourself measured and fitted by a professional. If you’re on a budget, ask about sale items, and if that’s no good, take the useful info somewhere cheaper. Different high street shops suit different body shapes, so shop around.
  • Avoid ostentation. Don’t be the guy with the pocket square.

Non-binary tips:

There are advantages to dressing your way if neither gender’s typical uniform makes you feel at ease. First of all, you’ll appear more confident. Secondly, you shouldn’t expect to find a pleasant work atmosphere at your prospective employer’s organization if they can’t handle that much during the interview.

These could help:

  • Waistcoats are your friend here – a three-piece suit is formal but can have an androgynous vibe if you leave off the tie.
  • Non-traditional haircuts must be immaculately groomed. Natural colors are preferable.
  • No matter what you wear, it needs to be well-fitting, good quality pressed and pristine.

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