Dressing well is a crucial step in making a great first impression with a possible employer. As we’re all trying to land that killer internship or summer job of our dreams, it is important to remember that a bad outfit could send your whole interview south. Results from recent studies have consistently shown that the better you are dressed, the more likely you are to get the job.
Here’s four things you must know before you go:
1. You can never be overdressed.
While it may seem silly to wear business-casual attire to an interview for the ice cream shop down the road from your parent’s house, it’s not! Dressing professionally shows interviewers that you are serious about the position. You never know what a job opportunity may lead to, so it is best to blow them out of the water.
2. When in doubt, wear blue.
In a 2013 study of over 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals across all career types, CareerBuilder found that hiring teams respond best to candidates wearing blue. The color blue is often attributed to those who are team players and easy to work with. Avoid bright hues of oranges and red, as those received the most negative response.
3. Keep it simple.
You want your interviewer to be looking at your resume, not your flashy watch or trendy top. Aim for a look that is tailored, meaning it fits the shape of your body without being too tight. Oversized, baggy clothing can often read sloppy. Blazers, button ups and pencil skirts are always recommended.
4. It’s all in the details.
Employers are looking to find the total package that is perfect for their position. This means they’ll be looking for small details that set a candidate apart. Make sure your clothes are fully ironed, shoes are polished and hands manicured. Chipped nail polish and a wrinkly shirt are never a good choice for an interview.
What’s the most important thing to wear to an interview? A smile. Trust me, I know how cheesy that sounds. But truly, there is nothing more important than going into an interview feeling confident in yourself and your killer outfit.
Thank you all for reading SPU Styled all quarter long! I hope you learned a thing or two about style. You can catch SPU Styled back in The Falcon this fall!