Whether you like it or not, when you are applying for a science job, you
can expect (no matter your field of expertise) to be judged by your appearance at the interview.
Indeed, in a survey of male and female
executives, 37% said that they had decided against employing a candidate because of how they were dressed.
Job interview dress code,
then, really is an important issue. Here are 3 useful tips to bear in mind when you're dressing for your next interview:
1. Don't be afraid to be
First impressions count for a lot, and you want the interviewer to remember you for your high level of competence and suitability for the role, not for the garish tie you were wearing. Sometimes, it really
does pay to play it safe.
If you are male, it may be a good idea to opt for this classic
- Plain, low-key tie
- Tailored suit (single-breasted)
- Long-sleeved white shirt
- Black socks
- Black leather shoes
For female candidates, the following items of clothing can help to make a great impression:
- Long-sleeved shirt or blouse
black skirt or dress
- Moderately high heels
Being reassuringly dull, of course, also means avoiding many of the interview dress code gaffes that immediately lower an employer's perceptions of a candidate. Steer clear of jeans, T-shirts, dangling jewellery, and overly revealing garments.
2. Echo the style of
your prospective employer
For certain roles or departments, however, it is possible to be a little too dull in how you dress. In certain cases, it may be better to convey a dynamic, high-energy image, and sometimes that means dressing a little more casually. If in doubt, simply ask the employer or recruiter in
advance for advice on the appropriate dress code for the interview, looking for
clues of the
employer's in-house style.
Emulating the style of clothing that you will be expected to wear once you've joined the organisation has the important effect of communicating that you are a 'safe pair of hands'
and 'one of us' as soon as the interviewer sees you for the first time.
3. Maintain basic
cleanliness and hygiene
When you are getting your outfit ready, you should also
ensure that is clean and free of small blemishes such as:
- Deodorant marks
- Dog hairs
- Straining zips
- Fraying hems
Prospective employers probably won't comment
on any of these things during a job interview, but they will notice them, and it may well affect their final hiring decision.
Decent grooming and hygiene are also imperative - a good impression made by shrewd wardrobe choices can easily be undone by dirty fingernails, unkempt facial hair, or bad breath.
You should pay close attention to your hair, too, making
sure it looks neat but modern, and
colouring it freshly for the interview (if you dye it).
All accessories, like briefcases and handbags, should look smart and be in good condition.
It's well-documented that dressing
smartly doesn't just help to give employers a more favourable view of your
capabilities - it could also elevate your actual performance. This is just
one more reason to refresh your interview wardrobe when searching for the best-paid and most exciting roles with a science recruitment
agency like Hyper Recruitment Solutions/