When we think of job interviews, we pretty much all picture being dressed to the nines and throwing our personality out the window. This is wrong. Job interviews are not about proving that you can jump through any hoop that is given to you; they are an adult, give-and-take discussion about who you are and how the business runs. Let’s go over how to dress according to this new concept.

<h4>When dressing for a job interview, ask yourself the following questions:</h4>

#1. How familiar are you with the business’ culture?

All businesses do not want the same thing. While many businesses want the straight-laced, suit look, others will actually be looking for an employee with an obviously creative personality. If you walk into either job interview dressed in the opposing type of attire, you may find it difficult to convey your fit for the job. Most jobs will probably be somewhere in between, but it is always a good idea to gain an understanding of a business before planning your outfit.

Do research into the business before applying and definitely before going to the job interview. You will want to visit their website, check out their about and employee pages, run a search for them on Glassdoor, and peruse the company’s employees on LinkedIn to get a really good idea of how you might dress for your job interview to maximize your chances of success.

#2. Does what you’re thinking of wearing reflect your personality?

No matter what kind of job you are applying to, don’t stray too far from your personality when selecting your job interview outfits. Hiring managers really do care who you are because it determines what you’ll be like on the job every day and what insights and attributes you will bring to the business. If you present yourself in an incorrect or insincere way, you’ll be doing both you and the business a disservice.

Do try to tailor your look to best suit the version of yourself that will benefit that company, but don’t change your look so much that you feel uncomfortable or unlike yourself in what you are wearing. If you have to change that much, the job probably isn’t a good fit anyway.

#3. What are you saying with your outfit?

A loud suit may draw more attention to your clothes than to your overall appearance and what you have to say. Also, a dress with a dog pattern on it may be excellent for applying to a job at a pet daycare or  a retail store catering to such fashions like Claire’s, but it will probably be too distracting for any other job.

There are two good tips for this particular question:

Broaden your look’s potential appeal. You want to be yourself, but you want to be a version of yourself that will work with more people. For instance, a goth or punk person could keep their favorite colors in their outfit and maybe even include a subtle pattern somewhere without indulging parts of their look that will scream out, “I want to appeal to a certain niche.” You want to be yourself while being open and adaptable.

Always try to look a little bit dressier than you normally would. If the full-on dress clothes look is too far-fetched, dress pants and a button-down shirt or a blouse impress hiring managers. Nice sweaters work well also. This tip is important because it shows respect and a sincere interest in the job.

Hopefully, these tips will help you stop feeling like a trained seal and start seeing yourself as a valuable asset. Believing in yourself and learning to sell yourself as a potential employee are extremely important to your job search, and clothes play a crucial part in that.

 

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