How to dress for a job interview
For many, the job interview is the most daunting part of the recruitment process. It’s stressful enough thinking about what you should and shouldn’t do, let alone what you should wear.
But Telstra Careers recruitment delivery manager Tom Archer says appearance is something to consider when preparing for an interview.
“Knowing type of workplace you’re going into can really help. If it’s pretty informal then you’ll know you can get away with smart casual, but if it’s more professional – best stick to a suit. Be sure to ask your recruiter what the workplace culture is like,” he says.
“It shows a further interest in the business you’re applying to and can help you get a better idea of what it’s like to work there.”
Tom says if in doubt, go for smarter dress.
Sometimes, though, it’s not about what you wear – it’s about how you wear it.
Senior Recruitment Specialist Brady Hogan believes what you wear can have an impact on your mood during your interview, or even give you a morale boost.
“My advice would be to make sure that whatever you’re wearing, you wear it with confidence. I have a favourite shirt and a favourite suit, which always gives me confidence,” he says.
“So ask your recruiter what would be most appropriate and then choose something that makes you feel the most comfortable. That’s how you can give it your best.”
Keep in mind that some employers offer certain days of the week which are casual. If you have an interview scheduled on a casual Friday, ask your interviewer if you should dress down too, they will give you the best indication of what would be most appropriate.
Senior Recruitment Specialist Renae Grasso, who hires for senior leadership positions, says there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to dressing for interviews but it pays to ask questions.
“I’ve helped candidates prepare for quite senior financial corporate positions where wearing flashy suits was the bare minimum,” she says.
“On the flipside, I’ve seen very senior marketing professionals wear a more relaxed corporate look and that’s okay – you’ve got to know your audience. And if you don’t, ask!”
Put our recruiters’ advice together to tailor-make an outfit that’s most suitable for the role. Good luck!
· Be afraid to ask your recruiter for a better idea of what to wear
· Take a one-size-fits-all approach
· Wear uncomfortable clothes (especially shoes)
· Get familiar with the company culture
· Dress for the job you’re applying for
· Wear your outfit with confidence
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