According to a study by Frank Bernieri, Ph.D., an associate professor of psychology at Oregon State University, within the first 10 seconds of meeting your interviewer–otherwise known as the meet-and-greet–that person has decided whether or not you’re right for the job.
What does this mean?
This means, those who come across as polished and pulled together are simply more likely to be hired than those who are seen as putting in less effort.
According to Bernieri, dressing the wrong way is equivalent to the worst social faux pas: “like picking your nose during an interview.”
How to Dress for an Interview:
You should familiarize yourself with the employer’s dress policy, and be observant of the company’s culture. In both an interview and in the workplace, it is always best to err on the side of caution. When in doubt, select more professional, conservative clothing.
Here are some tips for how men and women should dress for an interview.
Men’s Interview Attire
- Suit (solid color – navy or dark grey)
- Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
- Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
- Little or no jewelry
- Neat, professional hairstyle
- Limit the aftershave
- Neatly trimmed nails
- Portfolio or briefcase
Women’s Interview Attire
- Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
- The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
- Coordinated blouse
- Conservative shoes
- Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
- No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry
- Professional hairstyle
- Neutral pantyhose
- Light make-up and perfume
- Neatly manicured clean nails
So Remember, dressing professionally demonstrates respect, and also shows the employer that you take the interview seriously.