How to Dress for an Interview

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How to Dress for an Interview

This blog post is written by Lauren our campus ambassador from Montclair State University.

One of the hardest things to figure out when preparing for an interview, whether it is for a part-time job, full-time, or internship is figuring out what you’re going to wear. The way you present yourself is just as important as the skills and knowledge that you bring with you. This is your first impression on your potential employer and you have to make a lasting impression if you want them to consider you. Sometimes you have several or even hundreds of other people competing with you for the job so you have to make sure that you dress to impress! Here a few helpful hints for dressing for interviews:

  • Keep in mind the position you are applying for. Depending on the job that you’re interviewing for, you might have a different way of dressing. For example, a job in the fashion industry might mean that you have more freedom with how you dress while a job in an accounting department is more structured and classic work attire, such a suit. There isn’t one specific way that you have to dress for all interviews. It can vary greatly from one job to another.  If you are unsure what to wear for a certain job or industry, don’t be afraid to talk to other professionals in the field and find out what appropriate attire would be.
  • Try on different outfits and ask your friends for advice. It’s important that you try on your outfit in advance to make sure that it looks good. Getting advice from your friends is great because they may have suggestions on how to tweak your outfit a bit or tell you that you look great. You always ask your friends for advice with outfits for going out on the weekends so why not ask them if your outfit is fitting for your interview. Maybe they’ll suggest a different outfit entirely from what you’re wearing. It could be that extra edge that gets you the job.
  • Don’t forget your hair and makeup! You may not even think too much about it, but your hair and makeup are just as important as your outfit itself. For your hair, it can vary from job to job but for the most part, you don’t need to spend extra time on it. Just make sure that it is well-groomed and styled appropriately. As for makeup, it’s usually best to make sure it’s natural looking and not too dramatic. Remember you’re asking to be hired for a job, not going out to the club so don’t go over the top.
  • Be yourself! The most important thing is to stay true to yourself. Don’t wear something that you’re uncomfortable in because it will show. Wear something that not only fits the part but that you feel comfortable in as well. You’re trying to sell yourself to the hiring manager so, you want them to get a feel for who you really are and the way you dress really can show your personality.

I hope these hints will help you out and good luck on all your interviews this fall!