Dressing for an interview, the dos and don’ts
So a job, or should I say a good job, just like a good woman, requires super seduction. I won’t tell you to arm yourself to the teeth, this isn’t a war, but then how you present yourself for an interview and the first impression you create might influence a positive attitude even from the meanest in a pool of interviewers. There are some people who’s work in a panel is to deny you the job you are seeking; so how do you go about this? Dress well.
It is during the interview that prospective employers get a chance to know you better. Therefore, it is better to make a lasting impression when you have the chance. The way you dress, answer the questions, and generally carry yourself can determine if you will get the job or not.
Focus on the dos
Wondering what to wear for an interview? Here are a few dos to help you dress appropriately.
Look for an outfit that fits well, has no noticeable flows and most importantly, the one that makes you feel comfortable. The best way to do this is by wearing it before the interview so that you can make any changes if need be.
On the material day, ensure you pay attention to details. Do all the final touches such as ironing your clothes, brushing your shoes and combing the hair. Do not forget the nails as well; unkempt nails can be disgusting, to say the least. Remember to check how you look from head to toe before you head to the interview.
It is better to dress in layers. This will ensure you are comfortable regardless of the temperature. Freeze and shine are not appropriate for an interview. More so, if you dress for cold weather only and the temperatures rise, it will be difficult to stay comfortable. Hence, ensure you dress in such a way that whatever the weather condition, you will still remain appropriately dressed.
When it comes to makeup and jewelry, use them as sparingly as you can. If you have tattoos, it is better to cover them as they tend to attract unnecessary attention. For ladies, avoid dangling earrings and if you have multiple earring holes, just wear one pair of earrings. Make sure the handbag you carry complements your outfits. This portrays a powerful corporate image.
Avoid the don’ts
Never show up in the interview with wrinkled clothes and/or unkempt hair. Who would want to hire such a person?
Do not wear anything uncomfortable, such as too tight trousers or unfitting shoes. Interviews may take long to start, and you do not want to look weary when your time comes.
You should also avoid using excess perfume, cologne, or body spray. Yes, it is understandable that this day is important to you, but take it easy. Your interviewer’s nose may be turned off by heavy fragrance. This may heavily affect the outcome of your interview.
How you dress for the interview determines how you will be addressed. When you are well dressed during an interview, you portray an image of an organized and serious candidate. Who knows, this can help you get a chance to showcase what you are capable of. Dress to win.