Interviews are so nerve-racking! But worry not, for I am here to make this as painless as possible for you right now; how to dress for an interview 101. Hopefully by the end of this, you can walk into any interview feeling confident and at ease with yourself. Let’s get started!

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Step 1: Do your research! Which company are you sitting down with? Every organization has its own brand, and typically a main colour representing their logo. For example, TD Canada Trust is green, while CIBC Bank is red. You generally want to showcase this through your tie.

Step 2: Make sure your outfit matches the type of job you are interviewing for. Let’s say you’re applying for a corporate position, this automatically means that you will be wearing a suit. Now, in comparison to your tie, your suit shouldn’t be too bold.

Step 3: Every closet should contain either a black, grey, or navy blue suit. It’s classy and will sit well with your potential employers. I recommend one of these three options because they are on the more conservative side of things.

Step 4: The shirt you wear should allow your tie to stand out. The interviewer will generally regard you as someone who is professional, classy and overall, as someone who cares about how they present themselves to others.

Step 5: BE CONFIDENT! If you look good, you feel good, and your confidence level boosts.

Moreover, by displaying dedication to your appearance, it will also lend you credibility for demonstrating that same level of care and attention towards the work you would potentially do for the company. Well done, now you’ve differentiated yourself from other candidates!

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To-Go Tips:

  • When wearing a suit make sure it is tailored to fit your body. Wearing something that is disproportionate to your physique will make you come across as uncaring.
  • Your shoes should correspond with the colour of your suit. And the belt you choose should match the colour of your shoes.
  • Interviewing for a job in the creative field? Switch out the tie for a bow tie. It adds some funk to your outfit and demonstrates that you are bold and confident in your style.
  • Another option for those non-corporate jobs is wearing a suit with a little more flair. Try something burgundy, army green or light blue over the ones I mentioned earlier.

Now you’re ready to go out there and impress! Good Luck!

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