Whether you like it or not, what you wear speaks a great deal during the hiring process. First impressions happen fast, so it’s important to look as polished as possible, especially for an interview. Sure, this may sound obvious, but What to Wear to Your Job Interview author and Ally Resource Group recruiter Tonya Wells agrees. “If the [candidate] looks well put together, a lot of the times that translates into how much attention to detail that person pays in their everyday life,” she recently told U.S. News.
Etiquette expert and The Protocol School of Texas owner Diane Gottsman adds, “We feel better when we look good and have an additional shot of confidence when we know we’re on our game.” Since your image and how you present yourself are major components to acing an interview, today we’re breaking down what your outfit says about you.
Scroll down to find out if you’re making the wrong or right impression!
In a recent survey conducted by CareerBuilder, results showed correlations with the following colors and personality traits.
Black = Leadership
Blue = Team Player
Gray = Logical/Analytical
White = Organized
Brown = Dependable
Red = Power
Green, Yellow, Orange, or Purple = Creative
Equipment Teagan Washed-Silk Shirt Dress ($310)
French Connection Space Lace Flared Skirt ($148)
Jenni Kayne Side Slit Crewneck Alpaca-Blend Sweater ($257)
Try on your interview outfit a week in advance. Indulge in a little fashion show, and you may save yourself from the following faux pas. "Oh, that's right, I spilled tea on my pencil skirt last time I wore it." Or "Yikes, this suit used to fit much better before the holidays." Maybe even "Huh, these pants drag on the floor when I wear them with these shoes." Better to make these happy little discoveries a week in advance rather than the morning of the interview so you have time to pivot. "If you give yourself a week, then you're not rushed," Gottsman says.
"Your suit can be impeccable, but if your shoes are unkempt or the heels are covered in mud or chewed down, it’s a sign of a lack of attention to detail—and that translates to your work habits,” Gottsman says.