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Does the outfit you choose to wear to an interview in really matter? Yes, it does make a big difference. It is part of that almighty first impression. I know you have heard it for years—you never get a second chance to make a first impression. The choice of what to wear on an interview makes a lasting impression.
I want to talk a little bit about what you should and shouldn’t wear to an interview. We will only cover the basics in this post.
First, you need to feel confident and comfortable in the outfit you choose. You need to pick something you know looks good (and professional) on you. Be sure it is not too tight or too loose. I have seen both extremes, and they don’t leave the impression you are looking for. So, please have someone you trust let you know how you look in your interview outfit. I advise asking your most conservative friend or family member for their opinion and take their advice.
Second, you want to dress above the level of the job you are interested in. You can never go wrong by being overdressed (ok, maybe you can if you wore a tux or an evening gown). As a general rule, you should dress nicer than the average employee that is in the job you want. A nice tie or blazer can be very impressive to your future employers.
Third, this is not the time to show off your style and fashion sense. Hopefully, you will get a chance for that later. You want them to notice YOU, not your outfit. You want to fit in and not be remembered for your beautiful high heels or cuff link shirt. You want to be remembered for your ideas, your personality, and your unique skill set. You want to stand out for the things that make you special, not for the clothes you wore.
Remember, you don’t want to walk away from the interview with them saying, “I can’t believe they wore that!”