When it comes to landing the job of your dreams, dressing to impress for each and every interview is key. While many fashion forward trends are appearing on the runways, across social media sites and in the pages of your favorite catalogs, experts say to stick to more traditional attire when interviewing for an important career opportunity. At JWilliams Staffing, we are constantly working with our candidates and helping to prepare them for every aspect of a job. Here are some of our tips for what to wear to an interview.
Even though orange as the new black has recently become a popular motif, when interviewing, it is actually a color to stay away from. According to a recent poll of more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals on Careerbuilder.com, orange is the worst color to wear to your next interview. It comes across as unprofessional which is not the message to send if you are hoping to score points with the boss. Instead of sporting your favorite tangerine skirt or salamander top, consider a navy suit if you are hoping to come across as a team player, a black pencil skirt to relay the message that you are truly leadership material or a gray pair of slacks to let the boss know that your mind works in an analytical and logical way. Even brown, sometimes considered one of the most boring colors, lets the boss know you are dependable, and that is a quality every company is searching for in an employee.
Accenting your outfit with the right pieces is equally important. Unless you are interviewing for a position on the road with your favorite rock band, just say no to the bold tie that grandma gave you, avoid large, obnoxious jewelry, remove nose or eyebrow piercings and cover up any noticeable tattoos. Instead, opt for conservative jewelry and small splashes of color to create an outfit that is well thought out, modest, professional and never distracting.
Another thing to remember about your interview outfit is that it needs to fit. Even the most expensive suit looks frumpy if it is too large, and tight or revealing attire can make you feel awkward and uncomfortable. Save the hot pink skinny jeans for the club and donate your two sizes too big suit to someone in need. Splurge on something new if necessary, and bring along an honest friend who will really let you know if the outfit fits.
Finally, In addition to wearing the right color, play close attention to your overall appearance. The morning before your big interview is the perfect time to have your hair done, trim your nails and brighten up that pearly white smile. Women should avoid too much makeup, and both men and women should keep perfumes and colognes to a minimum. If ironing is not your favorite task, pay a visit to your local cleaners a few days ahead of your interview to make sure your attire is clean and wrinkle-free. Finally, never underestimate the value of a good pair of shoes. Your interview attire should include polished, scuff-free shoes that match your outfit and finish off your look to perfection.
Remember that you only get one chance to make a first impression. When it comes to interviewing, that first impression can land you the job of your dreams or get your resume sent directly to the garbage pile. Focus on your outfit, leave the orange at home and spruce up your overall appearance to give yourself the best shot at impressing the boss and making your next big career move!