Back in the day, your guideline for dressing for an interview was very simple: dress formally.
Whether you will be the host or the visitor, it is important that you observe the proper etiquette. The right social graces and manners will definitely reflect your character, and of course your company. In this article, you’ll know how to be a good host and/or guest of a certain office or company.
Visiting an office
So, you are about to visit another office. Although these rules are fairly simple, they must be properly observed to avoid a bad impression. Become a good visit with the following tips.
If you’re interviewing for a job in a traditional office or industry, it’s best to come in a navy suit, white blouse or shirt, and shiny black shoes. Match it with a conservative tie or scarf, don’t wear too much jewelry, and don’t put on excessive perfume or aftershave. Be sure to brush your teeth and comb your hair before going out of the house.
Nowadays, dress codes have relaxed to varying degrees, so you may need to do a little research. You may Google it and take a look at the top five hits on how to dress up for an interview. That’ll give you a better picture of how contemporary job hunters dress nowadays, as well as the usual preferences and expectations of hiring companies.
Companies would normally say that performance is their priority over appearance. But as a job hunter, you still need to impress your interviewer, so dress especially nevertheless. In other words, you don’t want to overdress but you don’t want to look too casual either. So the safest thing to do is to look at what the employees of that company are wearing, and try to wear a little more formal than that. You can do this by hanging around the entrance of the company or at stores or restaurants that are very closely located near the company.
Another way is to simply ask the receptionist or someone at Human Resources, “Does your company have a traditional dress code or a casual one?” They would quietly realize that you’re asking what to wear for the interview, and they would advise you accordingly.
Lastly, if your hands sweat a lot, put some antiperspirant in your palms a night before the job interview and in the morning.