We all have that standard go-to interview outfit. You know which one I’m talking about – the somewhat broken-in suit or the comfy yet “business casual” dress. How long has it been since you’ve updated yours? Is it appropriate for the weather? The specific job you’re interviewing for? It’s easy to stick with the tried and true when you are prepping for an interview. However, you may want to think twice about what you wear if you really want the job.
What about the weather
“Once I showed up to an interview for a startup business in a wool suit and the people interviewing me were in flip flops and shorts. The first question they asked me is if I thought I would be a good fit for the company,” said Ryan Pendell, Managing Editor, Silicon Prairie News.
It’s important to remember that not all dress codes are the same, so not all interview attire is identical either. Remember to dress for the job. Are the terms business formal and business casual throwing you off? You can find our guide on today’s wide range of dress codes by clicking here.
If you are interviewing for a corporate job, a suit may be your best option. But if you think the weather is too warm for a wool suit- it probably is. When it is 100 degrees outside, try a something more breathable like a fitted polo or button up shirt with some khakis or a simple cotton dress with a sharp cardigan.
Wear something that you feel somewhat comfortable in that you won’t sweat through. Just make sure you still look neat and put together. If you have no idea what to wear, call the receptionist or HR department of the company and ask what the typical dress code is.
Lastly, while preparing for your interview, make sure you block out extra time if you are taking public transportation. There is nothing worse than frantically rushing to your interview covered in sweat.
You only get one chance at a first impression
Did you know your interview outfit can actually say a lot about you as a person? For example, well-tailored pants and a pair of scuff-free shoes can show your attention to detail, organization and preparation for the interview. A well-fitted blazer and a pop of seasonal-appropriate color (bright colors for the summer) can also demonstrate authority and confidence, according to CNN.
It’s also important to think about accessories. As the wise fashionista Coco Chanel once said, when it doubt, take off one accessory before you leave the house. Bulky jewelry or ties with busy patterns distract from your face. The focus of an interview should be on what you have to say, not your clothes.