The question of “what is appropriate to wear to an interview” is one asked by every type of job seeker (young and old) and it’s important to pay attention to detail. Whether you’re interviewing at a CPA firm or an ad agency that wears jeans every day, it’s important to overdress for your main entrance.
Let’s start at the top, shall we?
Women – If your hair is down, make sure it’s brushed, styled and obvious that you showered. If the hair is up, avoid the “messy look” and make the hairspray your friend; take that extra 5 to impress your interviewer.
Men – Make sure you have a fresh haircut or be sure those longer locks are styled to perfection.
Ladies & Gentlemen – All clothing should be fitted, ironed, tucked in (if the style calls for it) and of proper length. Ladies, nothing too low-cut either; let’s keep it professional!
I’m not saying you have to throw on a suit, but make sure what you are wearing looks its best. Taking time on personal appearance will show you take yourself seriously and you’re able to throw on a nice outfit when needed. First impressions are everything, right?
If they are not in your ears and they are visible…take them out! I know this can be argued as “If a company doesn’t accept my personal style, then I don’t want to work for them.” Fair enough, but accept the fact that you just narrowed your options and lengthened your job search. Self expression is very important, but a lot of companies want to know what you can bring to the table, not what they can offer you. Just a warning!
If you are going to chose to have your nails painted, make sure it’s a fresh coat (or at least looks like it) and nothing too loud; save the hot pink for your weekend celebrations.
It’s the little things and trust me, they matter!
Recruiters - what do you think?