Yes, what you wear to a job interview does make a difference.
Knowing what to wear for a job interview is half the battle of the interview itself. The old adage, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression,” certainly holds true.
Play it safe.
If you really want the job, wear a dark suit. That says that you respect the company and the accounting profession.
Present yourself neatly.
Make sure your clothes are clean and neatly ironed. Nothing gives away the lack of attention to detail more than wrinkled, dirty or ill-fitting clothing.
Good grooming and hygiene is essential, so make sure you have clean hair, fingernails, fresh breath, deodorant, etc. Hair should be styled in a neat but manageable style, and men, if you have facial hair, be sure to give it a trim/comb through ahead of the interview, so that you look as neat as possible.
Perfume and aftershave should be used sparingly, so that it is not overpowering. The same goes for makeup and jewelry, which should be kept subtle.
Accessories should be kept simple, so if you are carrying a bag, a smart briefcase or handbag is a better option than a backpack. Shoes should be clean and newish looking and heels should be kept at a sensible height.
Once you’ve landed the job, your appearance still matters.
The way you present yourself affects how you are perceived, and will be a factor in the advancement of your professional career.
If you would like to talk to someone about career opportunities at Piccerelli, Gilstein & Company, LLP, please contact Irene Fasano, Director of Administration at IreneF@pgco.com or 401-831-0200.