Recently we came across an article by King5 News in Seattle about the “Dos and Don’ts of Job Interview Dress”. Though a little poorly written, it does highlight some important aspects of dressing for your job interview. Yet the article itself has a few flaws.
Where the Article is Right
- Wrinkles can affect your job interview chances.
- Cleavage or tight fitting shirts are inappropriate.
- Heavy perfumes or colognes should be avoided.
- Dark bras under a white top are too visible.
- Makeup is not a negative, but too much is too much.
Where the Article Misses the Mark
The reality is that you should generally avoid any perfumes or colognes. Too many people these days are allergic. If you are worried about smelling, use a subtle deodorant, but cologne and perfume make it appear you have dressed up too much, and the possible allergies make it a little bit of a risk.
Also, wrinkle free dress shirts are great, but they’re not actually wrinkle free. When you wash then, the collar can still shrink up. You’re going to need to either use an iron, or hope that your collar doesn’t shrink, but it’s a bad idea to assume that just because a shirt is wrinkle free it won’t look awkward. It can. Also, you can find wrinkle free shirts at any cheap store for less than 20 dollars. Buying an 80 dollar one is not necessary. They are not hard to find.
The article is correct, but the information is fairly basic. As stated in the article “it’s not a fashion show” so the article doesn’t contain any detailed information. Overall, remember that the key is to dress professional, but not be fashionable even if you know they follow a casual dress code. You want to be so professional that your outfit is boring. The key is to do your best not to be noticed.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Most scents should be avoided.
- Wrinkle free isn’t necessarily wrinkle free.
- When in doubt, wear a suit.