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Dress for Success: 5 Tips for Interview Attire

By: Kendall Mar, Account Executive

The professional world of suits, stilettos, and blazers can be an intimidating place for students to enter. The majority of students take their first steps into it by way of an interview. Whether this is for an internship, co-op, or full-time job, it is normal to feel nervous. However, it can be argued that “looking the part” can boost your confidence and ease some stress. As the saying goes, looking good is feeling good. Here are five tips that will ensure that you walk into your next interview looking and feeling like a millions bucks.

1. Don’t Be Afraid to “Overdress”

No matter what your interviewer is wearing, the majority of interviews have an unspoken dress code of business professional. Make it visually clear to the person that is interviewing you that you have exerted effort into your appearance. Employers want to see that you care and are willing to go above and beyond their expectations. Dressing professionally demonstrates reliability as well as sophistication.

2. Dress for Comfort

Yes, it is crucial to be dressed professionally and appropriately, but feeling comfortable is equally as important. You should make sure before your interview takes place that you can do everything from walking confidently in the shoes you are wearing to sitting down easily in your outfit. You want to feel your best and that will not be the case if your clothing is ill-fitting.

3. Show Your Personality

It is okay to show some of your personality through what you are wearing. If you tend to dress with a lot of color in everyday life, than substitute the typical white button-up with a vibrant blouse. You can remain in the professional clothing constructs that interviews demand while inadvertently sharing a bit of yourself with the interviewer(s). Additionally, accessories like a watch or a subtle necklace relay a level of attention to detail without coming across as flashy.

4. Groom Yourself

What do patchy scruff and chipped nail polish have in common? They are both big no-nos for professional interviews. Even if you are dressed to impress, it is critical that the rest of your physical presentation is sending the same message.

5. Be Prepared 

Give yourself plenty of time of time to get ready on the day of your interview. In addition, have a suitable back-up outfit on standby in your car for those unexpected mishaps like a spill or a rip. It is better to be safe than sorry. Lastly, get a second opinion on what you are planning to wear in the days prior to your interview.

Your physical presentation is the first thing that a potential employer takes in about you during an interview. While there are many other important details that go into completing a successful interview, following the steps above will help you exponentially in leaving a strong first impression.

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