5 Must-Have Tips for Dressing for a Job Interview

How to Dress for a Job Interview

At Pink Clove, we love our plus size party dresses. Unfortunately, they may not be perfect for every occasion. Job interviews can be stressful. Here are five dress for success clothing tips so that you’ll have one less thing to worry about on that big day.

  1. Do Your Research

Before your job interview, it is important to do a little research on the company. You’ll want to know about their business and customers and be prepared for the types of questions they are likely to ask. Along with that, find out about the corporate culture and what clothing people typically wear. In companies aimed at trendy clientele the standard employee clothing will be expected to reflect that. If possible, try to get a look at some of the current workers at the company to get a feel for what types of clothing they wear.

  1. Dress Beyond the Job You Want

There is a temptation to show up wearing the type of clothing that would typically be worn in the job for which you are interviewing. It is important to go beyond that a bit. For an interview, the company will be looking for signs that you are serious about the position and will fit in.

Dressing for the job position you want might make you look like you would fit in but could make the higher supervisor question your interest in the job. People normally dress more formally for a job interview so the company might assume that, once you’re hired, you’ll quickly dress even more casually. For example, if people in the job normally wear jeans and a nice jumper, the interviewer might think your jeans and nice jumper will quickly turn into torn jeans and a old t-shirt.

Take however the people at that company dress and then take that up one notch. Instead of jeans, wear a nice pair of trousers. Rather than a plain top, wear something a bit dresser or possible even add a jacket. Select dresser shoes but make sure to keep them professional.

  1. It’s Not a Nightclub

If you’re used to dressing up for dates and night out on the town, it can be tempting to use the same approach to dressing for a job interview. Don’t. Unless the job you’ve applied for is in a bar or disco, the clothing strategies for a night of dancing are completely different from dressing for an interview.

Less is more in terms of revealing cleavage and the length of your skirts. A less conservative workplace might be open to a hemline that’s a bit higher or clothes that are a bit tighter but avoid too much of either. It is always better to error on the side of dressing or conservatively, particularly for jobs in an office. Clubs, bars, and anywhere appealing to a more artistic crowd is likely to expect your clothing to be a bit less conservative.

  1. Neat and Tidy

One of the biggest mistakes is to appear in clothing that looks rumpled, dirty, or otherwise in disarray. Make sure you are wrinkle-free and your overall look is clean, crisp, and tidy. Future employers will assume if you don’t take care of your clothing you probably won’t take good care of their company, either.

  1. Putting It All Together

In addition to your clothing, pay attention to your makeup and accessories. Your makeup should be toned down for day-wear and look appropriate for the job. Shoes should be clean, in good repair, and look professional. A bit of a heel is nice but don’t wear shoes you wobble in or any shoes that would fit in best at a disco.

Try to minimize the number of accessories you wear. Earrings should not be huge and usually earrings (two) and a necklace (one) are plenty. Beware of bracelets that jangle. These can seem lovely at home but, in the quiet of a job interview, can become an annoying distraction. Try to care only one bag. Trying to juggle a purse and a bag with your portfolio can make you look awkward and less professional. By keeping your accessories to a minimum you’ll simplify your life at the interview and make a better impression.

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