There are many things to prepare for when it comes to an interview. Paperwork, logbooks, and studying are just among the few. An interview, however, is not just about being mentally prepared or having neatly filled out paperwork. You must also dress the part. This is another way to show that you are prepared and ready for not only the interview, but also the job.

Someone once told me that, “how you look on the day of your interview is the best you will ever look on the job”. In other words, if you are hired, you most likely will not come to work dressed as nicely as you were for the interview. If you show up to an interview looking sloppy, half shaven, messy hair, and not dressed properly, the recruiter assumes that it will only get worse from here.

As a recruiter, I am not worried about what brand name suit an applicant is wearing but rather how it is worn. There are a few things that I look for when it comes to how the interviewee is dressed. I look for the small things like, looseness in the tie and is it tied correctly, wrinkled shirt or pants, do things actually match. I know I am not hiring a fashion designer, but one should be able to present themselves in a professionally dressed manner.

Another thing that I will take notice of is your hair and how clean shaven you are. Did you bother to go get a hair cut for this interview? Did you wake up an extra 10 mins early in order to shave the morning of the interview?

When a recruiter is tasked with hiring a new pilot, part of the recruiter’s thought is they need to know that the applicant can still present themselves in a professional way when no one is watching them.

The main reason I am blogging about these things is because after being a recruiter for just over a year now, I have seen it all, and am absolutely surprised that people will show up to an interview not properly dressed or groomed. The excuse “my facial hair grows fast” is not going to cut it when you show up to your interview with day old stubble. “I am currently moving and all of my good clothes are packed up and this is all I had” will definitely not get you hired when you decide to show up in shorts to your interview.

You are applying for potentially a multi-million dollar job over the course of your career, and it’s in a very professional setting so it needs to be treated as such. From start to finish, you should be as professional as possible but still staying true to who you are. There is a time and place for everything and at an interview it’s time to be professional.

What is the worst thing you have seen or done at an interview? If you have questions or comments about this post, please post in the comments section.