The first impression you make when you go for a job interview is the most important one. Before you even talk, you are being judged on how you dress, and this can give out certain ideas about who you are as a person as well as your work ethics.
It can potentially make or break the interview. Here are some tips to remember when dressing for an interview!
1. Research the company’s culture and dress code.
What outfits are considered appropriate for an interview often varies by industry. If you know people who work at the company you are interviewing for, ask them what they wear to work. If you do not know anyone, you can search online or call the Human Resources department of the company and ask them for recommendations. Even if a company is known to have a casual dress code, they may expect you to dress up a little for your first interview.
2. Invest in a “power outfit”
In some industries, suits and ties are the norms. If you are applying for a job in one of these industries, invest in a few professional but comfortable “power outfits”. You could get a pant suit, a skirt suit, and a few blazers as you could be called back for a follow up interview.
3. Wear appropriate and comfortable shoes.
Your outfit includes your shoes too, but unfortunately, many people don’t realize this. Your overall appearance won’t quite have the desired impact if you wear a beautiful, tailor-made suit with a pair of tattered and dirty shoes. For men, a pair of dress shoes or loafers are usually appropriate. For women, try to be conservative and wear a pair of low heels, and don’t expose your toes.
4. Try out your interview outfit
Even though you might have tried the clothes before you bought them, put the whole outfit on while you are at home to be sure it’s appropriate. Make sure that you can walk and sit comfortably, and you may even wish to have a sort of “dress rehearsal”, answering your interview questions in your interview outfit.
5. Don’t over accessorize
Whether you are a male or female, accessories are very important. However, try not to wear too much jewellery, especially large, flashy, and distracting ones, and it may take the attention away from what you are saying and rather on the bling you are sporting. If you are a male, a watch and a nice belt are good options.
6. Groom yourself
Besides your outfit, make sure that your hair looks neat, and your fingernails are clean. It all adds on to the first impression to create.
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