We’ve all been told to dress well for the interview, but why? Is it that important? The short answer is yes, but there are so many other questions that stem from dressing for an interview. Dressing well for an interview is an important step in getting hired for the job. It can tell the recruiter a lot about you.

Dressing well is just one piece of the application process. You start with your resume and cover letter and then hopefully have an interview. It can be nerve-wracking getting prepared for the interview. You want to let your answers speak for themselves and not be based on your looks. Dress well will ensure you're off to a good start. We'll talk about the importance of dress well and even what dress clothes even mean. We want you to feel confident before and during your interview. Follow our tips for dressing to impress during your interview.

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Dress for success to ace your interview. Source: Hamid Tajik, Pexels
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Why Does Dressing Well For An Interview Matter?

Dress for Success. It's a popular term we all hear and it mostly applies to interviews. Your appearance is the first thing a recruiter sees. It’s said someone makes an opinion of you in the first seconds of meeting you. Your appearance is going to play a big part in those first few seconds. A person that is clean and neat is seen as a professional. It allows shows you respect the interviewer's times and are interested in the position.

Showing up unprofessionally, even if you don't mean to be can give off a variety of thoughts such as laziness, uncaring and lack of respect. These are all thoughts you want the recruiter to stay away from. It also makes an impact when you dress for the part. Recruiters often say they notice someone more when they look their best, it even makes a bigger impact when there dressed better than the recruiter. You want the recruiter to focus on what you have to say, not on what you are dressed like. But by being dressed appropriately you're already making the right impression for the recruiter.

It’s important to note dressing in nice clothes that don't look clean or professional can give off the same perspective as someone who lacks professional clothes. Let's say you have your shirt untucked and wrinkled and your pants are sagging. This also gives a bad impression. You need to take care of your dress clothes before putting them on and then make sure they are properly worn.

What If You Can't Dress The Part For An Interview?

Not everyone has access to dress clothes, this could be for several reasons, but there are other ways to dress for success. Some cities in Canada offer programs that allow adults to borrow dress clothes for an interview so they can look the part and get hired. You can also ask a friend. Find a friend that is similar build and ask to borrow their clothes. There isn’t a reason they can’t lend you some dress clothes. Aside from these options you can even look at second-hand stores or look for used clothes online. Sometimes you can find some nice options by searching this way. After all, they are just clothes. As long as there are no holes or stains they just need to be clean and there all set for your interview.

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What Clothes To Wear For An Interview in Canada?

Now, that you know you have to look part for an interview, what is even appreciate to wear to an interview. Terms like casual, business casual and business are thrown around a lot but what do you wear?

Casual Clothes - For men and women casual clothes are clothes you would wear out with friends or family. It’s jeans and a t-shirt or something along those lines.

Business Casual For Men - Dress pants, chinos, button-down shirt and dress shoes
Business Casual For Women - Dress pants, skirt, blouse, blazer and heels or flat shoes.

Business For Men - Suit, button-down shirt tie, and dress shoes.
Business For Women - Professional dress, dress pants, blouse or blazer

Dressing in business casual or business will always be a safe option. You want to stay away from jeans or polos even they can be seen as acceptable. It’s always better to be dressed up than down. You want to stay away from shorts, t-shirts and anything in the casual dress section. You want to look professional.

Next Steps for Dressing To Impress

Now, that you know the importance of dress right for the interview and the clothes you should be wearing, it's time to gather everything. It's always recommended to have your interview clothes laid out a day before. You don't want to gather your interview clothes on the same day of your interview. Having a good interview is all about being prepared. Laying your clothes out beforehand and trying them will ensure you have everything set to go for your interview. You don't want to try on your clothes the day of your interview and something doesn't fit right. You'll be stressed and you don't want to be stressed before your interview.

Another item you need to bring with you to an interview is your resume. It's not part of your outfit, but it's something you should have in hand. Most employers won't ask you to bring in a resume, but it can come in handy. We've been in a few interviews, where an employer can't find your resume in their pile of applicants, or someone has an old resume. Pulling out your own resume in these situations can make you stand out and look prepared. Having your resume in front of you as well can help you with questions as you can refer to your resume. You won't have to spend the time to remember every detail about your work history. Bringing a notebook a pen can also be beneficial. You can write down any information you need about the next steps for the application. It's not common to do this but is acceptable.

Put your best forward during an interview.
Put your best forward during an interview. Source: Emmy E, Pexels

Ace Your Interview in Canada

Of course, dressing to impress is just one factor in your application process and during the interview, but by knowing what to wear and being ready you can feel confident.  Remember being prepared is the best thing you can do for yourself before an interview and this involves your clothes. Always layout your clothes the day before. If you come across any questions or anything else along with personal development you can always hire a tutor. Superprof has 100s of tutors across Canada that are ready to work with you. They have the experience and knowledge to help you with anything you need. Superprof also offers sessions online and in-person giving you the freedom and flexibility so you can have a session when you want.

The interview process can cause a lot of unwanted anxiety, but being prepared can help you ace your interview. We have a created numerous articles around interviews to help you feel confident before and during your interview. Check out these articles below.

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