When you enter an interview, you are being evaluated on multiple things. First thing is your handshake. Then your smile. How you greet that person, that interviewer or the group of interviewers, or the panel. But one thing you’re also scrutinized on is your attire. If you’re outdated, just like this boat behind me from many, many centuries ago. You don’t need to be outdated.
You need to be up to date.
And an executive recruiter made me chuckle just a few weeks ago. He said I had somebody come in for the interview and they were wearing bell-bottoms. They were like out from the sixties. Well, what does that tell me? It doesn’t tell me a good message. That may be what you wear at home, but professionally you must wear your professional attire.
So, when you go to an interview, make sure you dress accordingly and also do a culture check as I call it. Call some people at your potential employer and ask them what is the attire that they normally wear and take note of that and then dress up one level. So if it’s business attire, you dress up accordingly more in a little bit more formal attire. An interview is your last chance to make that impression. What are you going to do? If your attire is out of date, you fail to make that impression. You may be the perfect candidate, but it’s also a red mark against you. You don’t want any red marks.
You want to win.