We shouldn’t really judge people on their appearance should we? It’s something that we’re taught from an early age but if we are completely honest, it’s something each and every one of us does every day. The same goes for interviews. Like it or not, rightly or wrongly, you will be judged on your appearance. Just as your CV shows your personal attributes, skills, experience and education, your appearance speaks volumes too. It portrays your ambition, your self-confidence, self-worth and your desire to secure the job you are interviewing for. Here’s some tips to make sure you’re dressed to impress at your next interview.
Look good = feel good
If you’re in the market for a new job, invest in some new clothes for your interviews. You have to think of yourself as a brand, and you need to project a professional image. By purchasing new clothes, they’ll fit you perfectly and will really help you look the part. You’ll feel so much better too and they’ll give you a real spring in your step.
How formal should you dress for an interview?
This can be one of the biggest headaches when preparing for an interview. There are a variety of factors to consider, including what the company’s dress code is. However, we would strongly advise that if you’ve not been specifically told to dress a certain way for an interview, then you should always go formal. This means that men should wear a suit along with a tie and for women, a smart business suit or dress. Formal doesn’t have to mean boring, and a contemporary but classic cut can add a stylish edge.
The details are important
A stylish suit or business dress will give a great impression to your interviewer. But if you really want to set yourself apart from the other candidates, it’s all about paying attention to detail. Often, it’s the smallest things that can give the greatest impression.
- Shoes - For women, formal is good and heels are fine, as long as they are comfortable to wear and walk in. Having sore feet in an interview could really affect your performance. For men, it’s simply a formal business shoe, clean and shiny.
- Jewellery and makeup - Subtle, stylish and understated.
- Hair - A good haircut enhances anyone’s appearance. Neat, modern and nothing too outlandish is the style you should go for.
- Grooming - Pay attention to your general grooming. Fresh breath and neat fingernails are a must, as is smelling nice, but don’t go overboard. If your interview is in a small sized room, it could be rather overpowering!
What you wear for your interview probably isn’t going to be the number one deciding factor as to whether you are offered the role or not. What it will do however is help stack the odds in your favour. Make a real effort with what you wear for your interviews and you’ll find securing your dream job is that little bit easier.