Importance of Dressing Correctly at an Interview

Importance of Dressing Correctly at an Interview

Importance of dressing correctly both at interview and once you have started work

Dressing in the correct manner is of crucial importance, both at interview and once you have started work.

At interview, as an absolute rule, you must always wear formal business dress unless the company has specifically indicated otherwise. You should still dress formally even if you know the company has a less rigid dress code for its employees.

For men, formal business dress nearly always means a suit, formal shirt, tie and smart shoes. For women it might mean tailored trousers or a longer length skirt with matching jacket, and a collared blouse or dress-material top.

An October 2016 survey of 2,000 bosses by workwear provider Simon Jersey shows that 77% of respondents would be less likely to make an offer to someone who was inappropriately dressed. Of these, 22% said they had already rejected an applicant based on their appearance at the interview.

73% of respondents went on to say that they believe there is a correlation between how a person dresses and their attitude to the job. 66% say that an individual’s choice of attire can be used to gauge how they might perform in the role.

Once you have been offered a role, you cannot afford to take liberties with the way you dress at work either. 37% of those surveyed said they had overlooked someone for a pay rise or internal promotion because of their failure to adhere to the company dress code.

For your first day in a new role, if in doubt, dress more smartly than you think you might need to, as turning up looking scruffier than everyone else will not be a good start. If you find you are too smart, then you can change your work outfit accordingly for your second day. Once you have gauged what attire is acceptable, you need to stick rigidly to this dress code throughout your time with the company. You may find that there is a group of experienced employees who take liberties with the dress code – they might do this every day, or they might perhaps start dressing down on Fridays when this isn’t company policy. Don’t be tempted to join them, as you never know how it could affect your future prospects.

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