Crazy Like a Fox: A Guide to Dressing Up for Your Phone Interview
They can’t see you! So why should you dress up for a phone interview? The answer just might help get you a new job.
August 05, 2020
Written by Jericho Bundac
Image CreditMarten Bjork on Unsplash
You have to admit it. You were wrong.
Sure, it sounded ridiculous at the time. But you wished you dressed up for your phone interview. The hoodie and shorts you wore just didn’t feel right.
Most people say it doesn't matter. The interviewer can't see you! Now you know better.
So how should you dress for your next phone interview?
We're here to tell you the small but impactful reasons you should dress up for your phone interview. We'll also discuss how you should approach it and let you in on a few strategies that can give you an edge above your competition.
Because when it comes to an interview for a job that you want, every advantage counts. You have to win between the margins.
Alright, let's get to it!
Make a Great First Impression from the Start
Show them you're worth the time of an in-person interview. Before you can get an invite for an in-person interview, you have to ace the phone interview. This is where dressing up for your phone interview helps.
Get in the Right Mindset - Yes, you'll be relaxed wearing sweatpants. But will you feel professional in sweatpants? Will your mind be prepared to answer tough questions? Will you take the phone interview seriously? You better take it seriously. Your interviewer certainly will.
You can be relaxed AND dressed like a professional for your phone interview.
Preparing to answer critical questions includes preparing your mind to answer those questions. If your mind is primed for work, it will be as sharp as the crisp button-up you decide to wear.
Better Posture and a Better Voice - It's hard to slouch when you wear your most elegant clothes. When you're dressed well, you sit up a little straighter. It's part pride, part you wanting to present your best self.
Your posture, pride and self-esteem improve your phone interview performance. Your voice becomes clearer. Your lungs expand and contract properly to support your thoughtful answers. The interview can better hear your responses instead of odd breathing noises.
Calm Your Nerves - Whether in person or on the phone, interviews stress out the best of us. Being in the right mindset, having confidence from wearing great clothes, and preparation can help calm your nerves.
3 Rules When Dressing for Your Phone Interview
Don't Underplay It - It doesn't hurt to mention it again but don't act coy or aloof. If you want the job, act like it and dress like you want it.
Be Comfortable - Comfort and ease should be your target when choosing what to wear for a phone interview.
Aim for your level of comfort. Everyone's different. If you're comfortable in a full suit and grenadine tie, do it.
Don't Wear Anything New - As exciting as it is to get a new outfit for an interview, you want to be comfortable. You don't need anything riding up where it shouldn't while you answer questions.