Another critical mistake that many people make when it comes to initial job interviews should not come as a surprise: Dressing inappropriately. While most people seeking jobs know that dressing appropriately is a big part of arriving prepared to a job interview, most people do not actually have a good understanding of what “dressing appropriately” actually means. As a result, many people arrive at their interview dressed inappropriately, either in general or based on the dress code in question.
As it was mentioned before, it is important to research the company that you are interviewing with before hand. This comes in handy for a number of different reasons, one of which is so that you can dress according to the dress code that the rest of the employees are abiding by. By visiting the company before hand and doing a little bit of observing, you can figure out what style of dress would be ideal.
Get to know the culture of the company. If the company’s employees are all wearing conservative clothing, then business casual is not going to cut it when you arrive at your interview. If you want to look like you already belong with the company, which should be your aim to begin with, then it is important that you dress not only to impress, but also to fit in at the same time.
You also need to avoid appearances that are excessive, extreme, bright or loud. Resist the temptation to wear colors that are bright, perfumes or body mists that are strong in smell, loud nail polish, or extravagant jewelry. If you have tattoos, cover them up. If you have piercings that are inappropriate, such as earrings for men, or anything other than earrings for women, take the jewelry out or cover the piercings with a band aid.
It is important that your interviewer focuses on your skills, your accomplishments and the real reasons for why you are the best candidate for the job, rather than your appearance. If your appearance fits in with the dress and appearance of the other employees in the company, your interviewer will be able to focus on your strengths rather than your loud appearance or the fact that your dress does not fit in with the company.