How to dress for a job interview, Job Interview Attire - Just what should you be wearing to your next job interview? In these troubled times you have to work hard to be the best candidate for a job. Not paying attention to how you dress can lead to failing to land the job at the last hurdle
How to dress for a job interview
There was a scene in the recent movie The Adjustment Bureau where Matt Damon (playing a politician) took off his slightly scuffed shoe and talked about how they had paid a lot of cash to a focus group to find out just what degree he needed to scuff his shoes to appeal to both the lawyers and the working folk. Sometimes when dressing for a job interview, we could do with some of this research!
It’s generally agreed as a standard to wear a plain shirt / trouser / plain tie combo or a smart office style dress suit, sometimes a jacket is required depending on the level of the job and environment you will be working in. Keeping your attire well pressed and clean is of course essential. There really isn’t much more to it than that as far as I have experienced, unless of course your job requires it.
The details of course are just as important. Your hair needs to be well kept and you should be shaven and groomed to some degree (not talking American Psycho level grooming here). Finger nails need to be trimmed and if you bite your nails, try hard to hold off before any interviews, it really is ugly (and I know because I do it!). Your shoes always need attention and need to be clean and polished and it’s good practise to wear a dress watch and take off heavy jewelry.
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Now of course you may be wondering about personal and individual style. Sure if you are going for a job in say a trendy clothing retailer or a fashionable magazine there may be some call for this but be careful. Showing flair for your style and personality could be achieved through a small bit of jewelry or the way you wear your hair but simple really is the safest option in most cases.
Good luck with any interviews you have coming up - How to dress for a job interview