You’ve either worked hard at your current job or studied hard at university and beat out hundreds of applicants to be shortlisted for the job you want. We know that first impressions are important, but did you know that *33% of bosses choose to hire in the first 90 seconds?
Your wardrobe conveys powerful messages about your capability, trustworthiness and even your ability to fit into a team and company culture.
With so much riding on this one choice let’s look at how we should dress for a job interview.
1. Do Your Research
Find out what the companies dress code is. Match the environment you’re stepping into. Most employers are looking for someone who will compliment and fit into their team, not someone who will stand out from it.
2. Don't Let Your Clothes Speak Louder Than You Do
Overdressing for an interview is just as detrimental as underdressing. Flashy accessories or outfits will distract from your message. Clean and well-pressed clothes give an impression of high attention to detail. Whilst ill-fitting or scruffy clothing can suggest you’re too relaxed and even disinterested.
3. Choose Your Colours Wisely
The colour blue is seen as professional, trustworthy and capable. Wearing a classic blue suit or conservative blue dress will provide some powerful subliminal influence.
4. Accessorise With Care
Accessories are a great way to add personality and complete your interview outfit. Keep them smart, clean and stylish. Your accessories will say as much about you as your clothing. So choose a satchel or briefcase over a backpack. Avoid jewelry like jingly bracelets or large swinging earrings. They’ll be distracting to you and your interviewers. Always ensure your shoes are freshly polished and keep heels at a sensible height.
5. Personal Hygiene
Although this one seems like a no-brainer, most recruiters have at least one story of being overpowered by a candidate’s body odour. Ensure that your aftershave or perfume is used sparingly. Keep makeup fresh and work appropriate, and the same goes for hairstyles.
Most importantly you should walk into your interview looking, feeling and sounding like your best ‘You’. Be thoughtful and conscience about the visual image you’re creating and how it will serve you in this particular occasion.