Before you can join our pool of job candidates, you must be interviewed in one of our offices. This isn’t a practice interview; it’s a job interview with your potential employer (us!). So be sure to dress for a job interview. Here are some of our best examples of how and how not to do that.
Dress to Impress: Yes!
For most jobs, a good dress code is: solid color pants with a coordinating shirt, closed-toe shoes and minimal jewelry.
These folks are all dressed just fine for a job interview for an industrial position. The clothing is definitely casual, but it’s clean, it fits and the colors are pretty neutral.
And these nice people are dressed well for a clerical interview. The shirts are fancier, and some of them are wearing suits, but not all of them. They all look polished and smart.
Of course, if you’re interviewing to be placed in a highly professional position, it’s suit time. Be sure your suit is in good shape and fits you well. Depending on the job, that may be the last time you even need to wear a suit, so make it count.
Dress to Impress: No
We know it gets hot here in the summer. But please, wear lightweight pants instead of shorts!
Wearing pajama pants to an interview says, “I’d rather be home in bed,” and possibly, “I really can’t be bothered to pursue this job with any real effort.” Not exactly putting your best self forward!
Similarly, wearing sweats says, “I’d rather be at the gym.” Yes, even designer sweats. In fact, especially designer sweats, because your interviewer is bound to wonder why you didn’t buy a nice interviewing outfit instead of designer sweats!
This picture is so filled with job-interviewing wrongness, it almost crashed this site. Where to begin? Let’s start at the left.
- Sleeveless top, cleavage
- Baggy shirt, baggy shorts
- Tube top, short skirt
- Baseball cap, shorts
- Sneakers, exposed midriff
None of these folks is ready to interview with Reliance!
The Best Smell Is None At All
Finally, we must discuss a delicate matter: one’s personal scent. So often, when trying to impress interviewers, we douse ourselves in perfume, cologne or some awful body spray. And the result is far worse than smelling like soap or even slightly like sweat. Here are some reasons why:
- Heavy perfume or cologne can overwhelm interviewers—and the lobby
- It can also make people wonder what you’re trying to cover up!
- Plus, some folks are allergic to certain smells
We hope this helps a bit in your job-interview preparation. We’re looking forward to seeing you — the best possible you!