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I know you’re not supposed to make assumptions about the way people conduct their lives, but I’m gonna guess that most folks when they wake up each day put on clothes. Some wear clothing for fashion, style, comfort, practicality, or to send a particular message. Wherever you fall on the scale of preferences on what to wear, there’s one certainty: when it comes to your employment, there’s most certainly some sort of a dress code. A potential employer will gain insight on whether you’ll be an asset to their team during the interview. They will study your responses, your body language, your knowledge of their company, as well as your outfit. It is very important to convey a professional persona with your clothing choices so that you are seen as someone who is serious about your position. I’ll go into detail on some ways to achieve that and how to prepare.

Before your interview, do some research on the company you are hoping to work for. Search their website and social media platforms to gauge a sense of what is acceptable for employees to wear. If you’re unable to make an educated guess based on what you see online, there’s always the option of calling the company’s HR department and asking them about the dress code. When picking out your interview outfit, make sure that you feel comfortable and confident in it. Avoid any clothing with offensive images or language, rips, tears, stains, or an excess of pet hair. It’s a good idea to make sure your ensemble isn’t too wrinkly either. What you wear will speak volumes about you: your personality, commitment, and dedication to being gainfully employed.

Dress codes will vary from place to place. What is required of employees at a law firm will be different than those who work at an ad agency or start up company. The most important action item to complete before your interview is to determine what outfit will be the best received at the place you are hoping to work. If you want to read more about work appropriate outfits, check out this helpful resource I found. As always, be sure to check out our informative Digital Tip on this topic, too. Until next time, I hope that you all are making the best of this socially distant summer and continue to stay safe. See you in August!

 

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