What To Wear For Your Job InterviewPosted: 18th of May 2015 by
Applying for work or an apprenticeship takes some effort – from researching the company in question, writing an application or covering letter, and brushing up your C.V. to suit the role. Once all of this is done it is time for the interview, so you can’t really afford for your clothes to let you down. With so many professions out there, with many different dress codes, it can be tricky to work out what to wear for your job interview. However, it needn’t be, so long as you follow a few hard-and-fast rules.
Making the Right Impression
Dressing for interview is all about making the right impression, and certainly NOT making the wrong one. You may be surprised to know how often, and how quickly we are judged on our appearance, and in a job interview, where first impressions definitely count, it is worth getting it right. Always make sure that you a clean, freshly ironed and polished before you turn up for the interview. If you look like you don’t care about your appearance for your interview, the employer is likely to think you won’t care about the job either. Having good body language and smiling is one thing, but if you look like you won your clothes in a fight and smell bad, you may as well not have bothered turning up!
Err On The Side Of Caution
When it comes to choosing the clothes themselves you should always err on the side of caution, that is go for a more conservative look than you normally would. Dress smarter than you do normally, which may mean a suit or other classic business attire. Also, don’t be fooled by what you see your prospective co-workers wearing. Your employer may be happy for the staff to turn up in jeans and t-shirts, but you are not an employee yet, so keep it professional. This tip also counts when it comes to choosing what colours you wear. Most interviewers will expect you to wear more subdued, conservative colours like blue, grey or black. You may be able to inject some extra brightness in if you are going for a more creative role, but more often than not, it is best to keep your colours muted.
Attention to Detail
There are some who say that you should wear a striking accessory to stand out in your interview – perhaps a bright scarf or item of jewellery. However, taking this too far can certainly count against you and detract from what you are actually saying. Instead of being known for your well-thought-out answers, you will end up being known as ‘the one with the big earrings’ – or something similar. In some more creative industries you can get away with a bolder look, so by all means wear some jewellery or an accessory if you want, but generally-speaking, keep it classy and understated.
Make Sure It Fits
This may seem basic, but if you have to keep pulling your skirt down, or can’t move properly in your shirt you will be distracted when you need to be relaxed. Equally, you need to make sure your clothes are not just clean (see above) but also in good order. No missing buttons or frayed edges, please.
So, all in all, stay clean, comfortable, and smart. It is better to be slightly over-dressed than under-dressed for your job interview.
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