When it comes to job interviews, there are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of being invited to a second interview or being offered the job. Updating your CV and personalising it to the job, doing your research on the company and practicing for a job interview are all ways you can impress an employer. But dressing smart for an interview is another way you can impress the employer – here’s why dressing appropriately for a job interview could help you to secure the job.
It’s All About First Impressions
When an employer meets you for the first time at a job interview they will automatically judge you and so will everyone else in the office. It doesn’t matter if you have prepared well for the job interview if you turn up looking scruffy as it can create a first impression that is difficult to change. If you dress smart and turn up to the interview on time then the employer and your potential colleagues will automatically have a positive impression of you.
Shows You Are Professional
Dressing well for an interview will demonstrate to the employer that you are professional and that you are serious about the job. If you turn up to the interview dressed badly then it can give the employer the impression that you are not enthusiastic about the role and that you have not put much effort into your job interview preparation.
Organisation is crucial before a job interview and your outfit can demonstrate how organised you are. If you dress smart, turn up to the interview early and have done your research on the company profile then the interviewer will know you have spent time preparing for it. However, turning up in the wrong outfit could imply that you didn’t have much time to select something to wear and haven’t been that organised in your preparation.
If you are looking for some outfit inspiration then read our advice article on what to wear to a job interview.