Dressing for the Job You Want
Interviews can cause all kinds of anxieties to crop up, including the dreadful thought, “But what do I wear?” That question can seem paralyzing if you are interviewing at an unfamiliar company or are simply out of practice. But there’s no need to panic and maybe some minor shopping is involved. If you live at 82 Flats at the Crossing, you can also rest easy knowing that you’re close to top shopping in Indianapolis at Keystone at the Crossing. If you’re still unsure, rather than sit there feeling stuck, take some time to review these quick tips!
Tip #1: Do your research
Before you even look in your closet, you should do some research on the company where the interview will take place. Use what you find to get a sense of the style of the company. The pictures of the office and/or personnel will show you if it’s an overall formal, semi-formal, or casual setting. If you’re not sure after a little digging, you can always contact the administrative assistant to ask about the official dress code. Once you know, plan to be a touch dressier than whatever the average outfit looks like. Even if everyone is in jeans and a t-shirt, you should still consider something more polished for an interview, like a nicer top and a shoe other than a sneaker.
Tip #2: Be prepared
Once you have an idea of what kind of outfit you should put together, you can consider the particulars. One of the first is the weather. Make sure you won’t set yourself up to sweat through your top during the drive to the interview. Try to pick fabrics that won’t wrinkle on the way or bring a hanger for any jacket or sport coat you may want to wait to put on. You should also consider what positions you’ll be in during the interview. You’ll most likely be standing, walking, and sitting, so practice doing those things in your outfit. You don’t want to be stuck pulling at something ill-fitting or worrying about buttons straining.
Tip #3: Keep it flexible
The best outfits keep your options open, so think about how you can use layers to your advantage. If you’re not sure whether to wear a cardigan or a more formal jacket, then bring both. Make your decision based on how you feel or even what you see people wearing as they come in and out. You may also want to bring a change of shoes in case you notice that you’ll be climbing a lot of stairs or just want to feel more at ease.
Tip #4: Comfort and style
There is a temptation when dressing for an interview to be overly dressy. While you should always look polished, you should never look uncomfortable in your own clothing. If you’re unused to a full suit, then make sure you have it tailored to fit you well. Then it will lend you an air of confidence instead of an air of uncertainty. The same can be said of your shoes. There is nothing wrong with a pair of quality, flat shoes if you’re uncomfortable in something with more height. You should also be sure to wear shoes that are properly broken in so you don’t end up wincing at pinched toes or developing blisters.
Tip #5: A touch of flair
While your outfit should never be overly loud or distracting, don’t be afraid to show a touch of your personality. If you usually like to wear patterns, you can still wear a patterned top in some more neutral colors or a smaller print or even throw on a nice scarf or pocket square. If you are a big fan of jewelry or other fun accessories, you can pick one bold piece to wear. That way you let the interviewer know you stand out but in an appropriate way for the workplace.
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