There is an accepted social norm that when a job candidate shows up to an interview, they should always look their best. A well-groomed and appropriately dressed job candidate communicates to the interviewer that they understand the importance of professionalism, which can help put everyone at ease.
In a nationwide study, 40% of HR managers outlined inappropriate attire as the most common mistake they see during job interviews. An additional 13% noted poor presentation of self, while another 11% reported slovenly appearance as an interview deal-breaker.
Clothes, accessories, and even footwear need not be expensive; however, they should be carefully chosen in order to enhance your professional presence and complement your capabilities. Job candidates should select interview attire as if their career depends on it…because most often it will.