Preparing for an interview
Confirming an interview
The way you interact with recruiters and hiring managers is just as important as your skills and qualifications when you’re looking for a job. The manner in which you handle verbal and written communication is likely to be an integral part of the job, so demonstrate proper etiquette in all responses to the company: from the early stages through the selection process. Take the opportunity to make a good first impression by being professional and considerate when you confirm interview appointments.
How to dress for an interview
First impressions count! The guidelines below provide information for you to consider as you prepare for your interview.
Guidelines for interview attire
You want your experience and qualifications to shine. Your attire should enhance your presentation by boosting your confidence without sacrificing comfort. You can look at the company’s website or LinkedIn page to see how others within the organization are dressed. You can also consult the Husky Career Closet Style Guide.
If you are working with a recruiter, you could ask them for guidance on what to wear. Ask the recruiter, “How would I dress for an interview with your company?”, and research the organization’s workplace attire or dress code. If a recruiter tells you interview attire should be business casual, and not to wear a suit, take their advice.
Hygiene is important
- While you should ensure that your teeth are clean, don’t chew gum during your interview since it can inhibit your speech.
- Ensure that your clothes are clean and practice interviewing in them to make sure you are comfortable moving, sitting, and standing in them.
Consider keeping things simple
- Ensure that your clothes, accessories, cosmetics, and use of fragrances do not distract from your presence.
- Wear clean shoes that you can walk and stand in comfortably. You might be required to walk or stand during your interview, and you don’t want to be distracted by sore feet.
- The interviewer will want to see your face to connect. Ensure that glasses, face masks, and hair don’t obstruct your communication or view of the interviewer, or their view of you.
- Check in with our career coaches if you have concerns about any of these.
Resources for obtaining interview attire
- Dress For Success – Seattle
- Husky Career Closet @ UW Seattle – Seattle
- St. Francis House – Seattle
- Working Wardrobe – Redmond/Everett
- Also consider local low-cost and thrift stores, or ask a friend to borrow items from their wardrobes.
Above all else, you want to be your best authentic self! Make an appointment with Career Services to setup a mock interview and get tips for successful interview strategies.
Dressing for work
Each company, season, industry, and geographic region will call for different dress expectations. How you dress at the job may not be how you dress for an interview. After being offered a position, it’s a good idea to simply ask your supervisor about the dress code when you’re unsure of those expectations. Many organizations are using a “dress for your day” dress code, which may mean more casual or formal dress days according to the day’s work. Additionally, you can research how employees dress by reviewing their website or taking note of how they were dressed during your interview.