Dressed for the Industry
There's no getting around
it; In every job interview, you're going to be judged, at least partially, by how you look.
Take a look at
general interview attire expectations for eight career areas:
If you're applying for a technical position, you won't need a suit. A collared shirt and khakis or slacks
would work. Same applies for women -- sweater or blouse and slacks or a skirt.
But upgrade your attire if
you're interviewing for a higher-level job. Dress in the best clothes you have. No exceptions.
Nothing is more precise and exact than managing money. You cannot afford to have anything out
of place. That includes everything from your hair, tie, down to your shoe strings. Full business professional attire
is required and expected.
At a government interview, don't be flashy.
This is a time to show you're responsible, trustworthy and honest.
But a bit of color is OK, whether you're
a man or a woman.
Be conservative with jewelry, makeup and hairstyles. Be conservative overall. Just remember the
days of all white shirts for men in government are no longer a necessity.
For an HR interview you must look professional and authoritative. You'll need the look that you could handle any
crisis and be dependable.
Typically, a suit is the uniform for a sales interview.
After all who would want to buy from a guy in a T-shirt and jeans.
You might be able to go with bolder designs
and colors. The product or service you're representing will determine how classic versus trendy/fashionable you should
Here's an exception where a potential employer will understand
if you have a little dirt or grease under your nails. You still want to look as neat as possible, but a suit is probably not
That is, unless you're interviewing at a high-end dealership. In that case it's probably best
to dress up a bit more.
Image is absolutely critical in the hospitality
industry. A suit is appropriate for some positions but not always a must, however, you always need to make a great initial
impression. You're representing the company, and you may be the first person seen.
For men, a nice pair of Dockers and a buttoned shirt, along with well-kept and polished shoes. The same appies
to women; Nice slacks and a professional business top. A suit or sports jacket for this type of work is overkill.
Of course, one industry's excess is another industry's under dressed. So don't be afraid to ask, because
no matter what, your packaging counts.
That packaging includes the little things. For example, shoes should be
in excellent condition, as should totes and outerwear.
You really never do get a second chance to make a good first
impression. By investing some time and money in creating a suitable interview wardrobe, you will invite others to easily invest
back in you.