Finding work these days isn’t easy. Therefore you have to put your best foot forward when interviewing. One way to accomplish this is dress the part.
That’s right. What you wear to the office and to job interviews still matters. Yes, a lot more people are telecommuting. More people are arriving to the office in jeans and t-shirts. However, that does not mean that you should dress casually for an interview.
This simple rule can help where job interviews are concerned: Safer to be overdressed then under-dressed. Even if the company you are interviewing for says, “No need to dress up, we are very casual here,” it is best to still wear proper business attire for your interview. Your clothing is capable of showing how serious you are about your employment, and employers want someone that would like to grow with a company and takes their position seriously. Should you dress for an interview in t-shirt and jeans, you have made a poor first impression, even when you blow everybody else out of the water with your qualifications.
In the workplace you should still evaluate the clothing you wear. Even in a casual place you can still look sharp. Should you just grab yesterday’s jeans off the floor and run out the door you won’t be noticed. People that put more thought into their style stand out from their peers, which is never a bad thing in the event the boss is looking to promote someone!
It goes without saying that looking great isn’t a substitute for being a good worker. Actions will always speak louder than appearance. That said, standing out because you are a great employee AND a smart dresser isn’t a bad thing!