Dresscode: Dress for Success

It's said that a first impression can make or break and that's certainly true in a job interview.

Of course an appearance that's mismatched or unkempt reflects negatively. Personnel expert Stefanie Saga from the department store Peek&Cloppenburg knows this first hand. She explains that signals that come from your clothing are often underestimated, however, the first impression is quickly made from external appearances. You send signals with your attire thereby releasing positive or negative feelings. Well-dressed applicants work over the interviewer from the first moment by arousing confidence, trust, and respect. 
If you're wondering exactly what that well-dressed appearance should look like, Saga recommends considering the industry to which you're applying. In many branches some individuality is looked upon more highly then the standard gray uniform suit. According to Saga, "A black pant suit for women says nothing particularly special. We are pleased when applicants appear in fashionable attire. A good fitting pair of jeans is preferred over a poorly tailored suit. Above all else, it's important that you feel good in the outfit." 
How far should you go with that individuality? A reference point in deciding how to dress is to consider how the employees at that company are dressing - if they are conservative, classically elegant, sporty, fashionable, or creative in their appearance. Saga advises that you look through the company's brochures and website, and when possible ask around to see if you know anyone who works there who can provide some tips. 
In conservative environments such as law offices or investment banks you should dress in a classic style. Obviously multiple piercings and tattoos should be removed or concealed, advises Saga. Most important to remember is that shoes for both women and men provide a clear sense of style, taste, and attention to detail. The interviewer generally makes a special note about the quality of the shoes. 
You should remember that an employer looks at your appearance for more than just a simple analysis, but also as a potential representation of the company. When you consider all of these factors you're likely to create a positive and lasting memory in the mind of your interviewer that just might push your application over the edge. 
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