You have your first round interview with your dream company this week.
You’ve done your research, you’ve prepped, and you have your questions ready to go. What’s left to consider?
That’s right – what you’re wearing.
Interview attire can be one of the most stressful aspects of an interview. Why? It’s expensive! You want to look like the sharp professional that you are, but you don’t want to spend your future paycheck to get there.
Let’s take the pain, stress, and anxiety out of this for you. PSG has pulled together the attire you need for an interview, and has taken into consideration that not everyone’s budget is the same. Scroll down to check out what we found to help you look your best without spending an arm and a leg!
- If you’re starting from scratch stick with classic items from affordable brands (like H&M or Primark) in neutral colors. While these items may not last you for years to come, they’ll do the trick in a pinch!
- Think ahead, schedule some time, and shops SALES. This is a great way to stay within your budget and snag a quality item for your interview. Planning ahead is key for this as some digging may be involved.
- Invest in items that will get more wear – a good pair of professional shoes, or a crisp well made button up will be worth the extra $$ if you plan to wear them regularly.
- Go the extra mile – put some money aside for dry cleaning and tailoring. A well fitting, freshly laundered suit shows that you took the time to prepare.
- Do your research BEFORE you buy that new suit. How do folks in that office dress? A good rule to follow is to always dress “one level” up from whatever the standard dress code is. For example – if you’re interviewing at a business casual office, you may want to come in wearing a suit. Or maybe you’re interviewing at a very casual office (jeans is their normal dress) – you may want to arrive in more business casual attire (no suit, but a crisp shirt and pressed trousers/khakis).
Stay Tuned!! Next week PSG will cover different dress codes and how to navigate them!