Interviews are all about portraying yourself in the highest standard, and what you wear plays a large role in that.
So how should you dress for your interview? Let's make sure you're ready to dress for success.
First of all, congratulations on your dental interview!
Once you have been invited to interview, you're one step closer to landing the job of your dreams. Now is the time to crack down, do some research, brush up on your skills and expertise, and pick out the perfect outfit for your interview.
Your interview is truly your time to create your best first impression. The business you will be interviewing with needs to know you will be a great fit within the company, and that you will be a beneficial asset to their team. By doing so, it is important you look sharp, professional, and qualified for the role you are interviewing for. Here are a few tips to help you dress to the nines on your important interview day, and to feel confident in your outfit.
Research the Company
Regardless of where you are interviewing, it is very important to overdress rather than under-dress to show your professionalism in the workplace.
While many companies do vary with their attire and dress code, it is beneficial to research the company as much as possible to see what employees wear on a daily basis. Take a look at their website and social media platforms, as well as Google images for insight into how their employees dress.
In the dental field, you will most likely be wearing scrubs the entire work day, but it is helpful to see how much their employees dress their scrubs up or down with the use of accessories and makeup worn.
Wear a Suit
This tip applies to women and men, as a suit is the most professional thing you can wear. This helps the interviewer know that you are serious about the job, and you take the interview seriously as well.
The most professional suit colors for women and men alike are black, grey, and navy blue.
Women can wear either suit pants or a formal skirt with a solid-colored blouse, and a suit jacket.
It is best to wear simple, neutral colors, and to not wear patterns or prints.
If you are comfortable walking in high heels, it is best to pair close-toed heels with this. If you are not comfortable in them, wear a nice pair of close-toed flats. Ensure that your shoes are a simple color that matches your outfit as a whole, with colors that are not bright or flashy.
Men can wear the full suit, jacket and pants included, with a simple button up shirt. Once again, it is best to keep the color of the shirt neutral, with no patterns or prints. White is the best option shirt-wise, but if you do not want to wear white, make sure that your shirt is a coordinated color that matches your suit.
You may wear a tie if you’d prefer, but again keep it simple and free of prints and patterns.
Wear conservative shoes and simple socks.
Pair a belt with your suit as well, to tie the outfit together and make it more professional.
Tune Into Modesty and Simplicity
It is important to make sure you are not showing too much skin, or are wearing clothes that are too tight during your interview. Make sure your attire is modest and chic.
If you are wearing a skirt, ensure it is not too short and the hem is not too high. With your top, assure the neckline is not too low, and that the bottom does not ride up with movement. If the top is transparent at all, wear a slip under.
Men should wear shirts that have a collar and button up.
Keeping it simple is important when it comes to dressing for an interview, because you want the interviewer to be focused on you and your skills, not on your attire.
Make sure your makeup is natural-looking and not over the top.
Do your hair, but in a simple hairstyle.
You can wear a couple pieces of minimalist jewelry, but make sure they match your outfit. Stick to gold, silver, or rose gold coloring, and don’t wear any pieces that jingle or clink.
Dress For Comfortability
Even though suits and high heels are not the most comfortable outfit choice to wear, it is still important to make sure you are as comfortable as possible during your interview.
To feel fully confident and your absolute best during your interview, you can not be tugging at your clothes and fidgeting around to be in a satisfying position.
Try on the outfit you plan to wear to your interview ahead of time. If your clothes feel too tight or your high heels are too high, it is important to make the switch to more pleasant options before the day of your interview.
Let us know how you like to dress for your interviews. Leave it in a comment!