The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one.

Like it or not – and fair or not – the first judgment is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing.

Interviewers will decide in seconds if they interested in you. Be aware that it’s not always the most obvious person, that might be sizing you up as a fit. It could be the receptionist, or any number of other people giving their opinion as to whether you are a fit to their company culture. 

So give yourself a few extra minutes for the interviewer to want to get to know you by dressing appropriately.

 Unless your interviewer specifically tells you to dress casually, don’t. I recieved a call in the middle of the day from the GM of a dealership I had been interviewing with to stop by the store to go over my new pay plan with him. I told him that I was out running errands and was just wearing jeans and a t-shirt and probably needed to head home and change. The Gm assured me that it wouldn’t be a problem. Thankfully though I listened to my intuition took the time to change and arrived at the dealership dressed appropriately and squared away. You can imagine my shock when I was told that the owner of the dealer group and other company executives were actually there and wanted to sit down with me and talk about there plans and the direction they wanted to take the store. Probably wouldn’t have made the best impression to have showed up in my jeans and t-shirt, even though I was told earlier that it was just going to be a 5 minute stop to go over my comp plan. Listen to your intuition.

Sure, a lot of places have a business casual attire. But that doesn’t mean you should dress that way for an interview.

You should always dress a level or two up from the job you  are applying for.

If you want a job as a mechanic, don’t wear dirty overalls or jeans, but don’t wear a suit either.

Try an open collar shirt, clean pants, and maybe a jacket. If you’re applying for a sales job, a suit should be your go-to.

 That being said, you should always check out the company culture before the interview. Don’t dress too fancy, but don’t be too casual either.

You should at least match the interviewer, and think about the time of year, the geographic location, and the job and industry itself.

For example, a man in a heavy dark suit interviewing in California in the middle of August for a position as an auto detailer would seem out of place, not just for the position, but also for the location and time of year.

 

FIVE INTERVIEW CLOTHING TIPS

  1. Spend your money on good tailoring. Make sure your clothing fits properly because if your pants or sleeves are too long or something is too loose or too tight, you’ll look and feel uncomfortable.
  2. Make sure that your clothes are neatly ironed. Wrinkled clothing is a tell-tale sign of a lack of
    attention to detail.
  3. Don’t wear flashy jewelry. It might distract the interviewer from listening to you instead of paying attention to your bling.
  4. Have a nice haircut and pay attention to grooming and personal hygiene.
  5. Don’t wear perfume or aftershave. You wouldn’t want your interview to have an allergic reaction to your scent.

 

 Maybe you shouldn’t be too true to yourself

Some people might not want to dress for an interview when they wouldn’t dress that way for the job. But as the saying goes: “perception is reality.” So the outfit you wear can create a positive – or negative – perception of you.

First impressions matter, and dressing appropriately shows you respect the organization and yourself.

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U.S Army Veteran Enjoyed working more than half of my life on acheiving Automotive Industry Excellence. Now Founder and CEO of AutomotoSocial.com an Automotive industry Jobs Social Networking Marketplace.

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