Dress for Success: Looking Good for Your Interview

Posted May 20th, 2021 in Career Tips and Advice

 It is important to dress professionally for all interviews to put your best self on display. You are creating the image of how you would look for work, so you want to be as polished as possible. Get a haircut if needed, tidy those fingernails and choose a neutral polish. Choose to go as scent-free as you can, but smell nice. A clean appearance is critical to show that you are in a healthy mindset to take on this new challenge.

Whether you identify as male or female in your dress, here are some tips for dressing for success.First impressions matter when going for a job interview. Here at Start Me Up Niagara's Work Action Centre, we have put together a list of how to make the right statement and get your dream job.

Tips for Females

Choose dark and neutral colours like black or navy blue for a professional look. Whether you choose to wear a pantsuit, a skirt, or a dress, ensure that it is the right size for your body, as too loose or too tight can be distracting. Shy away from low necklines or v-cuts. Choose a button-down shirt or blouse in a light colour if wearing a suit jacket.

  • When thinking about how long or short your skirt should be, you don't want to be any shorter than three inches above the knee. Wear tights or pantyhose versus bare legs for a professional look.
  • Shoes should be low like flats and no open toes. Also out are flip flops or sandals. If shoes are scuffed, polish them. Consider getting some new shoes if yours are looking a little worn out. Think of your wardrobe as an investment.

Accessories should be neutral and light. If wearing jewelry, choose studs or small earrings and no flashy necklaces. Take out or minimize facial piercings and studs. Make-up should be applied conservatively and shy away from bold lipsticks.

  • Keep hair simple, long and straight, a bun or a sleek ponytail.

Tips for Males

A dark suit is best, with a button-down shirt and a tie. Polo shirts and dress pants are also acceptable. Ties should be dark and have no pattern or a very basic pattern.

  • Choose shoes that are in good condition and do not have scuffs. If shoes are scuffed, polish them or consider getting new shoes. Choose accessories such as a watch or cufflinks that are neutral and not too large.

Choose scents that are clean and light and not overpowering. Facial hair should be neat and trim, clean-shaven if needed. Get a haircut, and don't forget to clean your fingernails too. Choose a briefcase that is in good condition and matches your outfit.

General Tips

Don't forget to brush your teeth. Good oral hygiene is always welcome. Remember that yoga pants, jeans, leather jackets, pyjama pants, ripped clothing, casual tank tops or shorts, flip flops, bright colours, clothing with offensive statements, oversized jewelry, and excessive colognes will not get you the attention you are hoping for at the job interview.

Keep it clean, professional, and straightforward, and you will present the picture of the perfect candidate!

Have questions? We are here to help! Start Me Up Niagara's Work Action Centre is dedicated to helping you organize your job search process. If you are interested in growing your own small business or exploring career options, reach out to us TODAY for more information on how we can help. Please call us at 289-438-3939. Check out our Facebook page for more employment tips.

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