What is The Best Way to Dress for an Interview?

So you finally scored that interview and now you need to make sure that you are prepared for success.  In today’s post, we are going to talk about one of the first questions that will come to mind: What is the best way to dress for an interview?

Interviews are one of the most stressful events in a young professional’s life.  There is so much to focus on and so much to learn. At Own The Boardroom, we stress about what you should wear to present your best-self so you don't have to think twice about it.

But first, we want to reassure you that interviews get easier every time. Each interview that you attend - even those that don't end in you getting hired - will leave you more experienced for the next one. As Dan Stanford said, "Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want". So don't be afraid to give it a try! You always walk away with experience.  

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Now, let’s get back to the best way to dress for an interview:

Men

Suits are always our top recommendation for men going on any interview in a professional environment. It’s hard to overdress for an interview, and far too easy to be over casual. 

Depending on the regular dress code of the office, you may opt to wear a tie and keep the jacket buttoned (more formal).  Or you may not need a tie and keep the jacket open (more casual). Regardless, keep your cargo shorts and fitted hat at home and make sure that you make a great first impression.

When picking a suit, make sure that you don’t get something that is obviously cheap. Poor quality material will bunch in various places and not represent the best you. The reason for dressing well during an interview is showing that you're serious and care; dressing in ill-fitting clothing does the exact opposite. 

If you have a small budget, consider renting a suit from us.  That way you get top quality at a cost-effective price.

Women

Professional attire for women can be much more complicated than for men: Dresses, and skirts, and pant suits...oh my! Which outfit is the best option? In general, you should go with what fits you best and makes you feel most confident.

Feeling confident inside has a positive impact on how you project yourself, especially during a first impression. In September we'll have our first line of professional attire for women that you can rent at Own The Boardroom.

Ladies, we're looking forward to taking the stress out what to wear to your next interview - stay tuned!

Colors

A few months back, we wrote an article about skin complexion and which colors fit best for you. This isn’t the end of the world - you won't be knocked for wearing the wrong colors during an interview - but if shirt color can make you look more energized and feel more confident, it’s worth considering. It's a simple detail that we believe that it can really make a difference!

Conclusion

The best way to dress for an interview is really up to you: Make sure your clothes are clean, pressed, fit well, and choose something that you feel confident wearing. If you have insight into the daily dress code for the company, use the dress code ladder to determine how professional is too professional for your interview. 

We'll be publishing a deeper-dive e-book on this same topic in late Summer to help you prepare for the Fall recruiting season. In our e-book we break it down by industry to give you even more pointed suggestions. Join our email list to be notified when it's available for download (for free!)

If you run into any concerns while you are getting ready, let us know in the comment section below.  We would love to help out and make sure that you look your best on your big day!


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