It’s not an easy task to find a job nowadays. So when you do get called for an interview you need to make the best impression. There’s one easy method of doing this: dress for it.
That’s right. What you wear to work and to job interviews still matters. Yes, a lot more people are telecommuting. More people are arriving to work in jeans and t-shirts. However, that does not mean you should dress casually for an interview.
This simple rule may help where job interviews are concerned: Far better to be overdressed then under-dressed. Even if the company you happen to be interviewing for says, “No need to dress up, we’re very casual here,” it is best to still wear proper business attire to your interview. Your clothing can show how serious you are about your employment, and employers want somebody that wants to grow with a company and takes their position seriously. Should you dress for an interview in t-shirt and jeans, you have made a bad first impression, even though you may blow everyone else out of the water with your qualifications.
This applies to the office as well. Even a casual environment wants their employees looking sharp. So avoid grabbing a random t-shirt along with the jeans you’ve been wearing all week off the floor. Give thought to what you are wearing and try to look professional. Showing that you put effort into your appearance sets you apart in your workplace, and that can be helpful in the event the boss is looking to promote someone in your department!
It goes without saying that looking good is not a replacement for being a good worker. Actions will always speak louder than appearance. However, standing out because you are a wonderful employee AND a smart dresser isn’t a bad thing!