OK, let's get something straight: That first impression on an interview counts!
Your look, your demeanor, and your overall attire are all part of those non-verbal cues that can either persuade your interviewer to be for you or against you.
Its harsh, I know! But such is the reality of job hunting these days, hence a carefully constructed and well thought-out interview outfit is well worth your effort, as it will truly stand to your favour - something that even Tonya Wells, an Ally Resource Group recruiter agrees with!
“If the (candidate) looks well put together, a lot of the times that translates into how much attention to detail that person pays in their everyday life,”
So no matter what industry you're in, the following tips & tricks are worth remembering when putting together your interview outfit
• Keep jewellery to an absolute minimum
• Keep your makeup natural and not at all over the top - you don't want to look like you're going clubbing when in fact you're attending an interview.
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•Opt For shoes you can walk in. So leave those 6 inch heels at home and go with something professional. I suggest a closed-toe mid-heel as the safest option.
• Whether or not you're applying for a job that will require formal dress, remember you should always choose something formal and polished for the interview. Although this doesn't mean it's a suit every time, a polished and well put together outfit should do the trick. Think dark coloured jeans + a crisp white tailored shirt with a classic blazer and you're good to go.
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• what you choose to wear to an interview also show how familiar you are with the company, it's culture and the type of industry it's in. So that being said, you want to ensure that your interview outfit aligns with the industry you're interviewing for.
For example, there's no need showcasing your fashion sense and wearing the latest fashion if you're interviewing for a job as a financial analyst when a chic pencil skirt, 3/4 inch heel and pulled-back hairstyle might just do the trick.
Remember, dressing for an interview is all about creating a positive perception of yourself and convincing the interviewer that you're the girl (or guy) for the job!
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So over to you now - what are some of the style tricks you use for choosing your interview outfit?
Let us know in the comments section below.
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