A first impression has the power to make or break a job interview—here’s what you need to know.
If you have found the perfect job opportunity, you will want to review some interview etiquette tips to ensure you enter and exit the job interview with confidence, giving yourself the best chance at landing a new position.
If you got this interview through our professional job placement agency in Central Arkansas, we’ve already prepped you for your interview. But in addition to polishing your resume and doing some research about the company with which you will be interviewing, you also need to look the part. Although choosing the clothes which you will wear to your interview seems easy, dressing for an interview can actually be difficult to get right.
The following tips will help you put your best foot forward and make a great first impression with your interviewer.
Interview Clothing Dos and Do Nots
- Clothing: Invest in a well-made, tailored suit, a quality pair of shoes, and matching belt. These items will do wonders for you throughout your career and even come in handy when you are off the clock!
Pro tips for choosing clothing:
- Research the company’s dress code and learn how to decode it. A good rule of thumb is to aim to be dressed one step above a company’s everyday dress code for an interview. If they dress business casual, you should wear a suit and tie. Even if you are applying for a position for which you will wear flip flops and jean shorts, you should still dress at least business casual for the interview.
- Interviews should be considered similar to a special occasion. For the most casual interview, consider khakis with a tucked in button up or polo shirt, nice shoes, and a matching belt.
- Accessories: Leave the crazy socks at home. Although a fun pair of socks can be a great way to jazz up ordinary business attire, they are best left home (at least until you have the job).
- Hair: Arrive well groomed. Short, conservative haircuts are considered standard for a business environment. If you have long hair or a beard, neatly arrange hair and trim your beard.
- Cologne: Go cologne-free. While you want to prevent body odor due to high nerves during an interview, use deodorant instead of masking odors with cologne. Many people are sensitive to fragrances, which could distract from you during your interview.
Understanding the appropriate way to dress for an interview will not only give you confidence, but is a vital part of how to prepare for an interview with a staffing agency or business. If you are still sifting through job listings in Little Rock, trying to find the perfect opportunity for your experience, education, and desired working environment, we encourage you to contact our experts at Apex Staffing at (877) 803-3910. Our representatives will guide you toward the right job opportunities for you.