First impressions count. We make up our minds about people within the first few moments of meeting them.
Maybe it shouldn’t be like that, but that’s how it is. The way you dress forms part of a first impression. The way you dress represents you, and an interviewer will make a judgment on your work ethic and your professionalism as soon as they see you.
That opinion may well be wrong, but don’t add fuel to that fire, right? I have had candidates turn up for an interview in a tracksuit and wonder why they didn’t get the job they didn’t ask anyone what to wear to a first job interview!
When you are thinking about what to wear to a job interview, think about how you want the interviewer to perceive you.
If you want to be seen as professional, dress professionally. If you want to be seen as creative, reflect your personality in your outfit. If you want to be seen as authoritative, put on that power suit.
I can’t tell you exactly what to wear to an interview, as it’s personal and depends on some things. But I can give you some insights that are worthy of consideration before your next big interview:
• Dress to impress
• Up to date wardrobe
Even if the company you are visiting has a relaxed dress code, always dress smartly for your interview. Remember that you are there to impress them and even if the office attire is jeans and a t-shirt, you are not yet part of the office.
Ensure you are comfortable in what you are wearing because it will be obvious to an interviewer if you feel uncomfortable in your clothes.
Don’t pick something because it is super trendy if it means you are going to be perched awkwardly on the edge of your seat for the entire interview. You don’t want to be wearing trousers that are so tight, that you can barely breathe. Passing out in an interview is not cool.
Make sure what you are wearing is appropriate. Even if it is a hot day, don’t turn up to your interview in shorts with those pale pins on show. Don’t be tempted to wear a really low cut top that your interviewer can see down. It’s not fair on them, and you don’t want to be self-conscious about it and end up pulling your top up every five seconds.
If you have been out of the job hunt for a while, make sure you invest in some up to date smart clothes. When I interview someone, often it is easy to tell when they have been out of the game for some while.
Giant patterned ties and off white short sleeved shirts were left in the eighties for a reason. You don’t have to be a trendsetter, but at least make sure you look current. Don’t allow the money you have spent on resume writing services to go to waste.
I won’t be able to take you seriously if you have Donald Duck on your tie – sorry.