Whether we like it or not, our appearance is part of the overall first impression when we're interviewed for a new job. If your resume is polished but your attire doesn't mesh with the company's culture, you may be overlooked for someone with a similar resume that took time to dress appropriately. A well thought out interview outfit will not only let the company know that you're serious about the job, but you'll feel more confident knowing that you've done everything you can to make yourself a memorable candidate.
Interviewers can be more observant than you'd think and pay attention to everything from peek-a-boo bra straps to ragged socks. The Wall Street Journal featured a "Dressing to Impress" list for job seekers composed by business-etiquette consultant Ann Marie Sabath. To see her tips for dressing up and dressing down, just
These are her tips that I found most compelling.
- Iron your shirts — even the no-iron ones.
- Keep a sharp crease in your pants.
- The higher a woman climbs on the corporate ladder, the more light-colored suits she can and should wear (to be less intimidating).
- The definition of business casual: one notch down from business normal.
- Dress for the position you want, not for the one you currently have.
- Match the culture of the industry: Call ahead or have your recruiter suss out the office's style.