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What to Wear to a Job Interview

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You’ve spent time filling out applications and updating your resume, and now you’re interview is scheduled, the only problem, you don’t know what to wear! EG Workforce Solutions is here to help. We’ve had over 60 years of employment industry experience, so we’ve picked up a few tips and best practices on nailing your interview outfit.

What to Wear

Stick to Neutrals – Keeping a neutral color palette is always a safe choice when deciding on an interview outfit. Neutral colors are not distracting like bright colors, or bold patterns might be to a hiring manager and convey a sense of professionalism.

Plan Your Outfit Ahead of Time – Instead of trying to figure out what to wear the day or morning of your interview, plan ahead of time. Take some time the night before to plan out the outfit you’re going to wear and lay it out in a place it won’t get damaged or wrinkled. Planning ahead not only saves time and stress on the day of the interview, it will also give you time to wash or iron the clothes if they need it.

Be Comfortable – While looking professional is the most important factor to consider when deciding on an interview outfit, you’ll also want to make sure you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing. Avoid wearing anything too tight or too baggy, not only will this look less professional, you’ll most likely spend a lot of time fidgeting with your clothes because you’re uncomfortable and this body language won’t transfer over well with the hiring manager.

What to Avoid Wearing

Avoid Wearing Heavy Perfume or Cologne – No one wants to be overpowered by strong perfume or cologne, not to mention, a hiring manager might be allergic to it. While there’s nothing wrong with smelling nice, it’s best to remember the ABC rule, Always Be Conservative when it comes to using perfume or cologne. If you choose to wear perfume or cologne, a light spritz is generally all you will need before going into the interview.

Flashy Accessories – Avoid flashy accessories like chunky jewelry or large watches. Flashy accessories usually don’t look professional and might be distracting to the hiring manager. You want the hiring manager to be listening to your skills and experience, not getting distracted by sparkly jewelry or a boldly patterned tie.

Dressing Too Casual – Even if you’ve researched the company and people look like they dress casually, or you’re interviewing for a job that doesn’t require you to dress up, it’s always best to present yourself professionally during the interview. Show the hiring manager you’re professional and reliable by reflecting those traits in your interview outfit.

Preparing For Your Interview

With your interview outfit ready to go beforehand, you’ll be able to spend less time worrying about what to wear and more time preparing for the interview itself. Here are a few more quick tips to ease the jitters and help you ace your next interview!

• Arrive at the interview 10-15 minutes early
• Map out the route ahead of time to ensure you’ll arrive on time
• Prepare answers to common interview questions
• Update your resume or work history and bring an extra copy
• Be confident in your skills and abilities

About EG Workforce Solutions

We’ve been in this business for decades and have developed a deep network of professional connections. Whether they’re companies looking for talent, job seekers looking for work, or an up-and-coming store in need of some temporary help, we know the right people to bridge the gap between the hiring and the hired.

But what’s more, we get to know people. From employers hiring to candidates looking, we take the time to listen and learn. We hear your likes, talents, and needs. We gain an understanding, and with it, we’re able to facilitate lasting relationships between businesses and people.

Are you ready to start your career with EG Workforce Solutions? Browse and apply for our open positions on our website, or call your local office to schedule an interview today.

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