How to Dress for your Interview!

You’ve just been invited to interview! You’ve identified your strengths, you have excellent stories that highlight your skills and experiences as they relate to the position, and you’ve fully researched the organization. BUT you look at your closet and panic– what to wear?!

If you’re not sure what to wear in any situation try using these three steps:

  1. Ask
  2. Ask
  3. Ask

You can start with low stakes and ask google, but, I daresay your best resource is a real person. For any situation you can ask: 1) friends and family, 2) professors, 3) the Career Center, and 4) the interview site (Yes, for real!). Try this phrase: “What attire is appropriate?”

What if they respond with: business casual OR business professional OR snappy casual? So many different interpretations! The most important thing to remember is that it’s okay to be a little overdressed. Overdressing shows that you respect  the opportunity/event. 

Here is a guide that I have found to particularly handy:

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Put on something that feels comfortable, that you know is appropriate through researching and talking with others, that shows you respect the opportunity, and then focus on what you want to say, because it’s more important to be remembered for your content than your style!

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