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Interview Attire: Tips for Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Job interviews are nerve-racking for many people, especially when they really need or want the position they are interviewing for. Confidence in how you look can go a long way in calming pre-interview jitters. Here are some tips to help you dress for success so you can make a lasting first impression as you apply for your dream job.

Consider the Industry

Many human resource managers used to routinely recommend everyone — both men and women — wear a suit to an interview, regardless of the job they were interviewing for. This isn’t always the best advice, however.

While a suit is the best choice for some industries, it’s not the right selection for every sector. The clothing you choose to wear to an interview should reflect the position you are applying for. For example, if you are interviewing for a drywall helper position, you will look and feel out of place if you show up wearing a suit. It’s okay to overdress slightly — after all, you do want to impress — but you don’t want to be so overdressed it causes the interviewer to question your suitability for the position.

Research Company Culture

You can find out a lot about a company by visiting their website and searching the Internet. Do they have a dress code? If so, use that as your guide as you decide what to wear. If you can’t find specific information online, look at how their current employees dress.

One of the human resource heads at Google suggests prospective employees who want to work for them dress slightly more professional than the job you are applying for and forgo the archaic dress for the job you want advice. Otherwise, it will look like you are trying too hard, which can be off-putting.

If the corporate culture at the company you are interviewing with is casual, you need to be a slightly elevated casual. If the corporate culture is conventional and formal, mirror this when you choose what to wear to your interview. The clothing you choose should help you fit in and look as though you already belong there.

Pay Attention to the Details

No matter how perfect your clothing is, if your accessories and grooming aren’t right, it will throw your whole look off and adversely affect your confidence.

For Men

Make sure your outfit matches and looks put together. Your belt should match your shoes. Don’t wear brown shoes and a black belt. Your shoes should be appropriate for the style of clothing you are wearing. For example, if you are wearing a black suit, your footwear should be highly polished black wingtips without scuffs rather than brown loafers without socks. In addition, choose a subdued tie.

Your hair should be neatly trimmed, and you should be freshly shaven. If you have facial hair, make sure it is well-groomed. Wear deodorant but don’t use cologne, aftershave, or highly scented body wash. The only thing you should smell like is clean.

For Women

Wear something comfortable to help you relax and be more confident during your interview. Do not wear anything that has too high a hemline or is too low cut or wear wild prints or sheer fabrics.

Your shoes, belt, and handbag should match. Keep jewelry to a minimum. If you choose to wear makeup, keep it simple and understated. You want to give the impression of professional elegance. And as with men, don’t wear strong perfumes or fragrances.

Are you concerned about choosing the right clothing and making a good first impression? Contact us at Tulsa’s Green Country Staffing today. We can provide feedback and help you prepare for your interview. Your success is our success.

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