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Dress for the Job You Want

As a job seeker, you might be wondering what the best outfit to wear for your upcoming job interview may be. While this can be slightly challenging to determine, it’s important to understand the type of job you are interviewing for and the culture around the company conducting the interview in order to fit the dress code. Once you do your research, determining which of these classes of attire you should choose will become much easier.

It’s no secret that most potential employers will form their first opinion on your based on the attire that you choose to wear to an interview. This first impression is crucial for ensuring you stay in their mind during the candidate review process and ultimately receive a position based on your interview performance. Below are some of the things you should consider to dress for the job you want and what dress code to expect for certain interview job types.

  • Professional or Business Attire – For a professional position, it is important to wear professional attire for the interview to show that you understand the importance of the position and will uphold the image of the business that is interviewing you. While this could go as far as a suit and tie, it could be as simple as a nice dress or a sweater and a pair of slacks. Remember, gauge what to expect based on the experience you have with the company and information that you are able to find. Overdress instead of underdressing if you are unsure to make a positive impact.
  • Business Casual Attire – For an interview with a business that has an informal work environment, you may be able to wear business casual attire. Although this is less formal than an interview that requires professional attire, you should wear a polished outfit that isn’t a t-shirt and shorts or a sundress. Make sure you understand the environment and culture of the company you are interviewing for and dress to meet those specifications. If the dress code is less formal, move that direction after a position is extended.
  • Internship Interview Attire – Most college degree programs require students to obtain an internship in order to gain real-life experience in the field of work that they are choosing to pursue. Dressing professionally for your internship interview is a great way to make a lasting impression. However, like the previous examples, dressing for the business environment they are trying to create will help make you seem like a better fit.

As a potential candidate for a position, you should already be interested in the company or organization that you are interviewing at. During your research period, take the time to get a feel for the company culture to help determine which dress code is appropriate for your upcoming interview. If in doubt, always dress professionally to leave no stone unturned.

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