Dress For the Job You Want
by Jacqueline Armstrong, Senior Employment Specialist at Seattle Goodwill
When you go to a job interview, you will be judged on your appearance. And in that process, there are no second chances to make a good first impression!
It is important to dress for the position you are applying for. If you were trying out for a baseball team, you wouldn't show up wearing hockey skates! The same is true for a job interview. Showing up with the right gear, for the right game, will help you get a try–out!
Here are some items to include in your interview wardrobe: a crisp white shirt or blouse, basic black suit, conservative tie, clean black leather shoes (no tennis shoes) and limited jewelry. Take care not to wear strong cologne to the interview–you don't want to offend the recruiter if they have certain allergies.
The culture and trends today are more relaxed for some industries. Make sure you do your research to know the culture of your prospective employer. Observe what the people in the company are wearing and then dress in a way that mirrors the company image.
If you have limited resources to build your interview wardrobe, keep in mind that your local Goodwill store has quality suits, pants, skirts, ties and blouses at great prices! Looking your best doesn't have to cost a lot of money.
In the 15+ years that I have been an Employment Specialist, I have never had a student come back to me saying they didn't get a job because they were overdressed. So go to your next job interview looking your best - you'll definitely make a good impression.