Dressing For Success: Interview Fashion
THE old cliché ‘first impressions count‘ is so true and never more so when going for an interview. Dress for the job you want rather than the one you have and this will put you in the proper mindset for success. I’ve come up with some tips that you may find useful for dressing for your success.
For an interview your attire should always be smart and professional – it is always better to be over dressed than underdressed. I would recommend a suit which ensures that jacket matches either skirt or trousers. Ensure that the outfit is comfortable and is ironed, there is nothing worse that fidgeting with an item of clothes or a crumpled suit for an interview. It doesn’t give a good impression to the person conducting the interview.
Men should ensure that correct socks are worn – never wear white socks with a dark suit. A big no no! However you can inject a little bit of your personality with your socks, either a colour to match your tie or a stripe. While it is important to appear professional it is always nice to inject a bit of your personality.
Men should always wear a tie – if the office does not require it and you feel like you’ve gone over the top then it can always be removed and popped into your pocket. However it is so important that you do not have ties with cartoon characters on, this will distract from your professionalism and even worse, your skills. You want the interviewer to be only focused on what you are saying rather than what tie you are wearing.
Ladies, if choosing to wear a skirt suit it is best to wear a natural tight and a heel that is comfortable. It is important to be able to walk with ease into your interview and not struggling because your heel is way too high. Remember it is an interview, not a night out in town. Also ensure that your skirt length is correct either to the knee or just below, a short skirt is just not a professional look.
Be mindful of your jewellery, it should be kept to a minimum and if it jingles or dangles, avoid for your interview as you don’t want it to be a distraction. Your make-up should be kept to a natural look, no excessive eye make-up, just a soft touch to help enhance your natural beauty rather than a Saturday night out look.
Large patterns or neons should not be worn to an interview as it will distract the person conducting the interview from your excellence and they will be all you are remembered for. Always wear the best that you can afford and avoid thin/light material in a shirt, if the blouse is light then best to wear a cami underneath reinforcing your professional look.
Go forth and dress for your success and remember, always dress for the job you want rather than the one you are in.
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