How to Dress When Interviewing for Temp and Perm Jobs

Understanding how to dress for an interview is crucial in making sure that you leave a positive first impression and that the visual surrounding you supports your statements of expertise and confidence.

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On this blog, we have already shared a variety of do's and don'ts when it comes to dressing for job interview success. Don't try to make a statement by wearing heavy cologne. Don't allow your clothes to distract from your message, but instead, wear something which conveys your professionalism and seriousness about the job.

Of course, not every situation is created equal. Depending on the type of job for which you interview, your hiring manager may have very different expectations when it comes to your dress code. Should you change your strategy when interviewing for a temporary position compared to a more permanent position? That's what this post will attempt to answer.

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The Keys to Temp Interview Success

Interviewing for a temporary position tends to be fast-paced. You need to be able to answer questions that relate to your immediate fit into the company, given that you're likely not planning to embrace an entire career. The option to stay on after the initial temp period may exist but should not be taken for granted.

For your interview, that means making sure that you dress in a way that helps convey your fit. The hiring manager may not make a conscious judgment on your dress code, but you should try to fit in as closely as possible with the current dress code. Do your research to make sure that for the recruiter or interviewer, it's easy to envision you joining the team without a significant adjustment period.

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How a Permanent Position May Differ

With permanent positions, it also becomes more important to showcase your potential. Here, the general rule is to 'dress one step up,' meaning that you should always be dressed slightly more formally than most of the employees you'll encounter in the company.

If the dress code is casual, wear business casual. If it's business casual, wear a more formal alternative such as shirt and tie. The key here is not to just convince your hiring manager of the immediate fit, but to show that you can be responsible enough to eventually move into a leadership position.

Getting the Basics Right

Of course, both interviews for temporary and permanent positions still follow the same basic rules. That means, above all, as mentioned above: no distractions. Stay away from fragrances or bright colors that might stand out. Instead, wear muted colors that reflect the skills and personality you think the company seeks.

Going formal always makes sense. But in general, take measures to ensure that your clothes look kept, from ironing your shirt to dry-cleaning your suit. These basic steps have been covered in length on this blog and others.

Finding the Help You Need for Interview Success

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Of course, the above are just a few of the many steps and keys you need to keep in mind so that your next job interview is a complete success. You also need to know what questions to ask, what materials to bring, and more. Finally, you need to find the right job for your skills, and that's where we enter the equation.

Brannon Professionals is a staffing and recruiting firm which specializes in helping office professionals and companies find the right fit. During the process, we can help to prepare you for your next interview while also matching you with both temporary and permanent open positions. 

Contact Brannon Professionals

Partner with us today by contacting a recruiter at 662-349-9194. Or to learn more about how we can assist you in your job search, simply forward your resume to our recruiters at We also encourage you to check out our available jobs by visiting our website.