Everyone wants to dress to impress when they go in for a job interview, but it may not always be easy to determine exactly what to wear. For instance, wearing a suit can be a great idea for some companies, but for others it will be seen as inappropriate.
So how can prospective hires walk that fine line between dressing well and over- or under-dressing? Here are a few tips to decide on the right outfit:
Do: Make sure it all fits well
One of the biggest mistakes that anyone applying for a job may make is wearing clothes that don't fit them particularly well, Refinery 29 advised. While a new wardrobe that fits well may not always be feasible, it's important for job seekers to check themselves out in the mirror and see if their clothes aren't too tight or baggy in any of the wrong places.
If they are, it might be wise to go with something else or, failing that, take the outfit to the tailor a few days in advance and get them altered to fit better. When applicants come in wearing clothes that fit well, they're more likely to silently express confidence and competence to an interviewer.
Don't: Dress in a way that makes you uncomfortable
Everyone has their own personal fashion sense, and it usually shows in how comfortable they are in whatever outfit they wear at work, on the weekend or any other time, Refinery 29 added. With that in mind, it's smart for job seekers to stay within their own personal comfort zones and not try to branch out too much just to impress a prospective boss.
Comfort also applies to the actual fit of the clothes, so if they're too tight or too loose, that could lead to fidgeting that doesn't always play well in an interview.
Don't: Go with light colors
One common misstep many people make when dressing for an interview is going with too many light colors, according to Business Insider. While there's nothing wrong with lights in and of themselves in an interview setting, it also increases the risk of a spill, sweat stains or other mishaps messing up their look. Instead, going with darker colors that would better hide any stains is usually a better idea, especially for those who have to walk or take public transportation to an interview.
Put another way, there's nothing wrong with a white shirt under a dark blazer or sweater, but layering light colors could leave interviewees more vulnerable to a mishap.
Do: Get the details right
Finally, it's important to make sure everything that will be worn for an interview is nicely ironed, free of any unexpected stains, lint, pet hair and the like, and that everything matches, New Idea noted. These little details can be easy to overlook, but they can also be the thing that keeps an interviewee from getting a job against a better-dressed, similarly qualified candidate.