As a career coach, one of the most frequently asked questions I receive is, “What should I wear to an interview?”
This week on the pod, we’re kicking off a 2-part series and diving into essential tips to ensure you make a lasting impression with your interview attire.
Interviews can be high-stakes and your appearance matters. It’s often the first thing your interviewer notices, so dressing professionally will make a great impression. Don’t miss a personal story about how my fave accessory helped land me a job!
The bottom line: Whether you’re dressing for an interview or your day at the office, aim to look AND FEEL confident and authentic. Your attire should resonate with your true self.
Today, we’re diving into the intriguing world of clothing psychology at work. In this two-part series, we’ll explore how what you wear to an interview or at work can affect how you feel and how others perceive you and your performance.
Clothing isn’t just fabric:
Clothing isn’t just fabric; it’s a psychological philosophy known as “enclothed cognition.” For example, formal attire can make you appear authoritative, while casual wear can create a relaxed vibe.
The pandemic has shifted our perspective:
The pandemic has shifted our perspective from “how does this look” to “how does this make me feel,” leading to a change in office attire. It’s fascinating how attire influences our productivity and creativity.
When you’re on a heart-based career path, finding a company with a culture that aligns with your clothing preferences can boost your fulfillment and performance. Dressing in sync with a company’s dress code can improve workplace relationships and overall happiness.
Your appearance matters:
Interviews can be high-stakes and your appearance matters. It’s often the first thing your interviewer notices, so dressing confidently can make a great impression.
Understanding the company culture through its dress code is crucial. Check out social media profiles to get insight into the office environment. If it’s a conservative setting, stick to traditional attire. In a fashion-forward company, you can be more contemporary.
Avoid overdressing or underdressing by aligning your attire with the company’s expectations.
Regarding accessories (my fave!), a professional-looking bag or portfolio can enhance your overall image.
Mind the colors if you’re interviewing virtually, and ensure your background isn’t distracting. Test your outfit on camera and consider proper lighting. Dressing professionally from head to toe can help you maintain a professional mindset.
To wrap it up, whether you’re dressing for an interview or your day at the office, aim to look AND FEEL confident and authentic, ultimately resonating with your true self.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
+ Ep. 7 | HEART-based Careers + Job Searching: How To Break The Rules (And Why You Should); Part 1
+ Ep. 8 | HEART-based Careers + Job Searching: How To Break The Rules (And Why You Should); Part 2
+ Ep. 48 | Intuitive Insights: The Power of Clean Energy in Decision-Making
The Art & Science of the Job Interview
Your Complete Interview Prep Guide – Conquer Your Interview with Poise + Purpose
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+ Interview Fails: How to Avoid the Top 3 Mistakes
+ The Hidden Job Market — What It Is PLUS How To Break Into It
+ The Networking Mindset: A Fresh Perspective on Connecting with Others
For more insider stories, quick tips, and #CareerTalk, I invite you to connect with me on Instagram @flourish.careers.