Replacing Dress to Impress with Dress to Respect

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on May 10, 2015. Posted inBlogging In Balance

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This past month we had an industrial employer interviewing for an accounting position at their corporate headquarters.  Several candidates were lined up to interview, and the MGR Accounting Recruiters - Straightening tieemployer felt that all were qualified to perform the technical duties that were required.    One of the interesting comments that the employer had though was that the candidates had not dressed professionally.  They had dressed casually for the interview instead.

Since the employer is in an industrial field, they did consider the fact that the candidates may have expected a more casual dress code at the company.  However, the comment from the employer was, “They didn’t care enough to dress for  the interview.”  This brings me to the point for this blog…

While workplaces have become more  accepting of casual dress, there are still many employers that consider it a sign of respect to dress professionally for the interview.  Logic may lead you to believe that it wouldn’t be necessary to dress differently for the interview than you would dress to perform the actual job, but unfortunately human nature doesn’t work that way in many cases.  Some of the beliefs employers have about the interview process are:

  • Candidates never try to impress you more than when they are interviewing
  • The level of the candidate’s desire to work at the company is a sign of who may work harder and stay longer with the employer

Therefore, when a candidate doesn’t dress at the level that the employer was expecting for the interview, the employer frequently takes it as a sign of a low level of interest in the position.  And a candidate that ‘could take it or leave it’ generally is not the one that gets the offer from the employer, even if those aren’t their true feelings about the opportunity.

In a nutshell, how you dress for the interview is a sign of respect to the interviewer as well as a sign of how interested you are in the position.  Make sure that your appearance is conveying the message that you wish to convey in the interview.

Until next time, I wish you the best in your job search.

Mark Goldman CPA