Sometimes – even when you have the skills, steady work experience, aligned career goals, similar cultural values – you don’t get the job. And no one tells you WHY. Sometimes it was nothing you said. Non-verbal cues, small movements, looks, and tones, gave your prospective employer pause about your ability to fit into their group or do the job well. What might these non-verbal communication cues be, and how can you eliminate or minimize them?
Yes, IT/High Tech tends towards a casual dress environment. But in your interview you need to step it up a notch. Why? You want to show you’re serious about this potential job and have respect for those interviewing you. You will be far more (positively) memorable if you take a little time getting polished before your interview.
- At the bare minimum: shower, pay some attention to your hair, and dress in clean, well-fitting clothes.
- Even better: research the company and get an idea of their culture & dress code. Use this information to determine the perfect interview outfit and style.
- Still not sure on what to wear? Play it safe and dress in standard modern business attire: This means slacks or a skirt, paired with a button down shirt or blouse.
Need help decoding various business dress codes? Check out this article from the etiquette expert Emily Post.