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What to Wear to an Interview February 26, 2010

Filed under: PRCA — kbixby1 @ 8:00 pm

Hello Everyone!

This week I will be writing to you about what a potential professional should wear to an interview.  First off, you should all know that interviews (most likely) are your first time meeting with a company.  This means what you wear to your interview presents who you are and what you have to offer.  Also, it is your first impression with the company.  This is a critical time for you, and you should remember that it is at this time that the company will be judging you.

According to mindtools.com the first three seconds of your interview is the time when the company evaluates you the most. With this information in mind, I think that you need to go into your interview as professional as possible.  You should have a great attitude and being wearing the proper attire.  The attire that you wear to your interview should represent who you are, but in a conservative manner and appropriate for the interview’s setting.

Lets keep in mind that your outfit represents who you are, as well as the company that you desire employment with.  During the interview, the company will be looking to see if you are likely to fit in with the company.  The company may assume that your attire represent the type of work you do.  So, if you dress colorful they may assume that your work is bright and creative.  But, if you show up to the interview in non-matching sloppy clothes the company may assume that your work is disorganized.  I think that it would be a fair judgment too.

Now that you can understand why dressing well to an interview is important, lets go over what you should wear and should not wear.  Women should dress conservative and professional. According to Lamas Beauty, women should wear either pants or a skirt. The skirt should not go more than two inches above your knee. I personally think that if women choose to wear a skirt that they should always wear panty hose, as well as closed toed shoes.  Also, I think that your shoulders should be covered.  Men should dress in slacks and a button down.  A jacket should be worn when you enter the building, but does not have to be worn during the interview if you felt that it was to formal.  Men should make sure that their color scheme matches and that they are not wearing sport socks or white socks.  Also, their shoes should be clean and worn properly.  Men should also wear their pants at a professional height, and should not be to baggy.  All of these are suggestions on what to wear to an interview in order to feel more confident and professional.  According to collegeboard.com, wearing professional clothes to an interview can make you feel more confident and actually preform better in the interview.  They also suggest to look professional, but stay comfortable. If you are uncomfortable, it might be obvious to the company, and they may assume something is wrong with you.

So yes people, it does matter what you wear to an interview!

Thanks for reading, Kristin

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5 Responses to “What to Wear to an Interview”

  1. allykup123 Says:

    I really like reading your posts. They are all written a lot more formal than the other blogs I have been reading but I like it because they are simply and straightforward! This post was especially intriguing to me because I really got a lot out of the information that you wrote about. Your sources were really helpful as well! To be honest, this is only the second time I have looked at your blog but I am glad I have started, you have some great insight into the world of Public Relations! Keep them coming, I look forward to reading more of them in the near future!

  2. smcclou3 Says:

    I love how you mentioned that the dress you wear should “represent who you are, but in a conservative manner and appropriate for the interview’s setting.” Thank you, I couldn’t figure out a direct way of saying this. So, it’s not a matter of conservative versus modern. It’s about being true to yourself and how you represent yourself. Maybe dressing for interviews would be easier if we thought of it in the perspective of personal branding like we do with our online media. How we present ourselves professionally online should match up with how we present ourselves in a professional setting.

  3. kris10ly Says:

    Hey Kristin! I really enjoyed reading your post about “What to Wear to an Interview.” You are so right, what you wear to an interview is very important, because it is your first impression with the company. And clearly, you always want your first impression to be a positive and lasting one. I liked the comparison that you used in relation to the color of your clothing representing the type of work that you do. I have never thought of it that way. I am definitely going to take that into consideration the next time I am getting ready for an interview. Thanks for the great advice!


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