The weather's beautiful, the sun is shining and temperatures are the hottest they'll be all year. But don't let the summer cost you a job, especially when dressing for a job interview.
Despite the heat, dressing appropriately for an important interview is vital to find a job, and it pays to be aware of what you can and can't get away with when job hunting during the dog days of summer.
Dressing inappropriately for a job interview, especially the first one conducted with a company, can be a setback few are able to recover from in the hiring process. It can appear unprofessional or seem like an applicant doesn't care about landing the position, and interviewers may not be able to focus on the applicant's merits.
It's hard for interviewees to overcome a bad first impression, one expert told Fox Business. "People need to remember that work attire and interview attire are not the same things," the expert said.
Overdressing will suit you well
Even during summer, for the most part, wearing a suit remains the standard in the interview process, according to Fox Business. Being overdressed looks better than being underdressed. Even if a company has a relaxed dress code, your interviewer may not expect you to take it to heart.
"Someone who's conservative will be offended if you're not dressed professionally, and someone who's laid back will not be offended if you're dressed professionally, so dress professionally," Vinda Rao, a marketing manager for recruiting software company Bullhorn, told Fox Business.
Appearance is the first thing people notice, and first impressions can be made within 30 seconds, added Forbes.
Staying cool when it's hot
Of course, when the air outside is at a swelteringly hot temperature, dressing up for an interview can be a tricky prospect, especially when wearing formal dress such as a suit. While experts note that employers will be forgiving to well-dressed interviewees who may be sweating, bringing water is a good idea for interviewees, as are light colors and clothes made of light materials.
Other advice for job seekers includes asking hiring managers what proper dress code would be for a given situation or trying to find out what the dress code is in the office. Doing research into the company can only help, as information learned may be useful to know during the interview itself.
Testing your planned outfit before leaving for the interview may also help, as it's possible to see how comfortable you'll be in the heat or sun.