Regardless of how prepped you are, when it comes to dressing for an interview, deciding what to wear can strike fear into the heart of the most accomplished dresser. I know and understand the worry of wanting to make a perfect first impression and looking super professional, but you’re unlikely to shine if you don’t feel like yourself.
I’ve worked out how you can incorporate just the right amount of personality into your outfits, while still looking the part.
“Dress For Success” isnt that what everyone says when your getting ready to go for an interview. Landing an interview can be a challenge in the first place but dressing for one is not as much of a challenge as you might think. A huge way to make a lasting first impression is to dress for success.
They say that 93% of your communication is nonverbal and this couldn’t be more true during an interview. That is why you should leave nothing to chance.
Do your Research
You might want to check out the company’s social media pages for photos or videos of what they may be wearing. There is nothing worse than turning up very casual when the company dress code is suits & ties or corporate attire. While online, check the website as well. Do your due diligence to get a better overall idea of the company’s dress code before hand.
If you know the industry then your half way there, some industries tend to lean more one way or the other. Formal or casual.
Wear a suit or be smart if you’re applying for a job in finance, law, government, consulting, medicine, or any management position. If you are applying for jobs in marketing, public relations, media, technology, manufacturing, sports, education, you might be able to get away with a more casual vibe.
Make sure to get your interview outfit ready well ahead of time, there is nothing more stressful than having a fashion crisis or lack of confidence just before your big interview. Make a list of questions and prepare well ahead of time by answering them on your own. Choose a nice briefcase or bag and put paper, pens and business cards inside (if applicable, I always recommend an extra copy of your CV or any testimonials you have too. A couple of days prior to the big day, check your clothes are clean and shoes are polished. On the day of the interview, allow plenty of time to get ready and also factor in travel time. You don’t want to look out of breath, disorganized or worst of all … late.
Keep it Personal
Your entire job search should be about you—knowing who you are, what you have to offer, and how you want to be seen by others. Planning your interview outfit is an extension of this process. Colour can be a great way to communicate or show off your personality, or it can be distracting if it seems out of place. Think about who you are and how you want to be seen by your interviewer and the company.
While the colours you choose may not be the most important thing, choose them carefully. If your clothes are more neutral, you might add a touch of colour with a bold tie, a piece of jewelry, or even a statement shoe if it feels appropriate. But when in doubt, leave it out. You want them to notice you, not your clothes. Your interview is the perfect place to give a great first impression, once you have the job you can wow them with your style & flair.
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