When the economy is booming, businesses tend to hire people in droves. While employers like to get the best people on board, they aren’t as picky about their selections as during tough financial times.
During those bear market days, employers may still be hiring, but they will look a lot closer at prospective employees, choosing those that are the best fit for their organization.
To that end, job seekers must do what they can to impress from the moment they walk in the door. A résumé and portfolio will only get you as far as your actual experience can carry. Beyond that, your physical appearance and personality must fill in for what’s missing.
The first time you meet with your prospective employer, that first impression you make will go a long way toward further interviews and a possible offer. High-end fashion labels, like Rocawear clothing or Gucci, might make you think your sending the right message, but as long as your are clean cut and neat your resume will speak for itself. A major part of that initial meeting will involve how you look and how you dress.
There are three main schools of thought on interview attire. One suggests that you put your best foot forward, wearing the best suit and tie you can afford. A second would have you dress according to the company’s dress code. And, the third is a mix of the two.
Since you’re looking to make a great statement about yourself, it’s best to beat the company’s code. You want to look respectable without being sloppy or too dressed up. (Example: A three-piece suit wouldn’t work if you are interviewing for a factory job making widgets.)
Go for what looks good on you, and what looks good to others. Something modest and attractive will start your interview off on the right foot.