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Dress the Part: What to Wear to A Job Interview

Your big interview is tomorrow. You’ve done all your research, but now you’re faced with a new challenge; what to wear to your job interview? First impressions are key, so it’s important that your attire reflect the industry that you are interviewing for, as well as your own personality.

Corporate Interview Attire

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Corporate Interview
The corporate world leaves little room for self-expression with regards to what you wear. In this case you don’t want to draw too much attention to your wardrobe. If you’re planning on staying in this industry, then investing in a good quality suit, something that will last you at least 2-3 years, is a wise idea. Everything should be pressed and wrinkle free.

About.com shares some of the following suggestions for corporate interview attire.

Men’s Interview Attire
- Suit (solid color – navy or dark grey)
- Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
- Belt
- Tie
- Dark socks, conservative leather shoes

Women’s Interview Attire
- Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
- The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
- Coordinated blouse
- Conservative shoes

Creative Interview Attire

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Creative Industry Interview

The creative industry allows for you to add more personal touches to your interview outfit. Fabsugar gives some helpful advice on how to put together an original and creative interview ensemble without going overboard and still looking professional. Men can change up their typically conservative interview suit, by exchanging a plain tie for a bow tie and/or wearing a shirt with a pattern or fun color.

 

Both men and women, regardless of industry, should make sure that, clothing fits properly, hair is neat and nails are trimmed. Women make sure that your jewelry isn’t distracting, i.e. bangle bracelets can be loud! Lastly, go easy on the perfume and aftershave and don’t forget a breath mint!

To share some photos of your interview outfits visit our Smarterer Facebook page and post photos to our timeline. There are a number of other industries, all of which have different wardrobe criteria. For more photos of interview appropriate attire for these industries and more visit Smarterer on Pinterest.

5 Memorable Questions You Have to Ask Your Interviewer

It’s a common misconception that job interviews are a one-way street. Here’s a hint: they’re not! You should be interviewing your potential employer as intently as they’re interviewing you, but it’s important to make sure your questions are memorable. Andrew Sobel, author of Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others, notes, “If you talk to recruiters and executives who are actively hiring, they will tell you they get three types of questions: no questions, bad questions, and — very rarely — memorable questions. The candidates asking the memorable questions are usually the ones who get job offers.”

Questions like “Can you describe a typical day for someone in this position?” aren’t necessarily bad, but they have been asked a million times by a million candidates before you. Take a look at these 5 memorable questions you have to ask during your interview.

1.  “What’s the most important thing I can accomplish in the first 60 days?” This question will accomplish two things: it will show the interviewer that you are ready to hit the ground running, and it will help you determine if the company is a good fit for your set of skills. Remember, an interview is an opportunity to screen companies as intently as they’re screening you. If you’re interviewing for a Marketing position and their response to this question is the office coffee order, their company is probably not the best fit for you.

2.  Why? Questions such as “Why did you decided to acquire X company instead of build the product in-house?” will often be the most powerful questions in your arsenal. They show the interviewer that you have done your homework, and can also spark genuinely interesting conversations.  

3.  “What are the most common reasons why new hires don’t work out here?” How this question is answered will give you a good feel for company’s work environment and what is expected out of a new hire. Company culture is important and it’s best to get a feel for it sooner than later.  

4.  “Looking ahead to the next couple of years, what are the potential growth areas that people in the company are most excited about?” The answer to this question could provide insight to your future with the company if you get hired. It’s important that you pay attention to the answer. You don’t want to be stuck in a role for 10 years with no chance of advancement.  

5.  “What is the most gratifying aspect of the work you do for this company? What’s your best advice to someone starting out here?” Everyone loves to talk about themselves and the work they do. Appeal to this by asking questions that focus on the interviewer’s experience with the company. This will take the spotlight off you for a few minutes, and you will gain valuable insight from someone on the inside.  

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t wait until the end of your interview to ask some of these questions. The most memorable questions are artfully woven into the dialogue of the interview from the very beginning. Michael Junge, Leadership Recruiter at Google, sat down with SavvySugar and explained why this is so important. “If you and I sat down and I had no idea of what your goals and expectations are in a new hire, I can spend the entire interview talking about elements and aspects of my background that are totally meaningless to you. And I may have experience that’s completely relevant and miss it”.

Asking these questions and encouraging a genuine conversation with your interviewer will ensure you’re a top candidate for the position!

What are your “must ask” interview questions? Leave them in the comments below!