Once you’ve applied for a job and hear from the recruiter, it’s time to focus on the next step: the interview.
When you’re offered an interview, don’t necessarily set your mind on wearing a suit for it. This isn’t the 20th century anymore, so the dress code has changed a bit for job interviews. Each company has its own dress code. While some still insist on suits, others go for a more casual attire of jeans and sneakers.
There have even been situations where an employee walked around barefoot all day!
If you want assurance that you will be properly dressed for your interview, ask your contact what is their company’s dressing attire requirement for interviews. Your goal in this matter is to fit in. If everyone at your place of interview is wearing suits, then you definitely don’t want to arrive in jeans and a shirt. This will definitely be a strike against you.
In addition, arriving to the interview dressed in attire opposite of what the employees wear will make you stand out. Granted, you wanted to stand out, but for reasons that are good such as your ability to answer your interviewer’s questions with confidence and accuracy.
Besides your interview attire, always be agreeable. This means never say “no” to anything the interviewer asks you. This doesn’t mean, however, to lie about your experience. Be truthful about this, for the truth will show up in your work.
The point of never saying “no” is this: if you’re asked whether you can work late or meet deadlines, then never say no. Say “yes,” because no company will accept your unwillingness to work overtime or meet deadlines. All businesses must meet deadlines. Fulfilling assignments require deadlines. So be smart and say yes.
If your interview leads to a job offer, remember this: job offers are good leverage ground for other companies interested in you. Sometimes you can use these offers to motivate other decision makers at other companies to match what another company is offering you. It’s a good way to get a good job.
So relax, dress appropriately, and never say no during the interview. Remember this and someone will surely say to you, “yes, you’re hired.”