Mark Zuckerberg’s infamous hoodie and sandals profile has worked incredibly well for him, but those just making their foray into the working world must consider appropriate clothing for interviews, job fairs and other important interactions. Ask any stylist or wardrobe expert and you’ll hear time and again, from the board room to a bar counter, what you wear to an interview makes a lasting first impression, and you want to get it right. Here are 3 reasons to devote time to your wardrobe.
- Casual does not mean “bed head.” – Make sure you wear office appropriate clothing to even the so-called “casual Friday” coffee klatch. As much as management tries to make things seem light and fun, don’t overdo it. Leave the faded hoodies in the hamper, or better yet, throw them out and go shopping. Charles Tyrwhitt would be the perfect place to start building a wardrobe. And now you can save on items in their inventory by using a Groupon Coupon for casual, business and clearance items. They offer savings and free shipping on qualifying orders.
- Dress for your chance to bend the ear of your boss – It’s not unusual for corporate brass, and business owners to travel to conferences and stop by the local office unannounced while in town. You can turn this into the perfect opportunity to have one-o-one time with him or her to personally pitch your multi-million dollar concept
- Keep a jacket and tie nearby – If you arrive to an interview and find you’re the only one in the waiting room without a suit jacket and tie, you can easily remedy the situation. Just bring one and keep it in the car. There have been many studies that show wearing low status clothing versus high status clothing plays a role in our self-confidence and the outlook of an interview. Subjects wearing low status clothing – sweatpants, and t-shirts for example, are more willing to give up assets and make concessions from initial offerings, as compared to a subject wearing a suit and tie. Men have even been known to experience a measurable reduction in testosterone after losing a competitive event. If you don’t feel like a winner, you won’t push as much or try as hard and that could affect your salary offer.