Appropriate dressing for a job interview
A big part of getting a job is making a good first impression, and a big part of making a good first impression is how you dress for the interview.
While you don’t have to spend a lot of money on your wardrobe, putting in a little extra effort will pay off in the long run. Before your next interview, make sure you aren’t making any interview attire mistakes.
Keep bright colours to a minimum
While everyone knows that short hemlines and plunging necklines aren’t acceptable for a job interview, wearing an inappropriate dress that’s also a bright, flashy color, like red, simply makes this situation worse. So, be mindful when choosing your clothes. If you’re going to wear a daring colour, do it tactfully, making sure the overall design of your outfit is especially conservative. There are other colours that are less dramatic that work well for business interviews. And, it’s a good idea to avoid short hemlines and skin-tight fits altogether.
A blazer doesn’t upgrade the rest of your outfit
While a blazer is a good go-to choice for almost any interview, be mindful of what you wear underneath. Inevitably, the deep-v formed by the blazer’s lapel creates a plunging neckline. If you’re going to wear a camisole or a shell underneath, make sure it covers you appropriately. Of course, layering with a button-down is a no-fail option, too.
Go light on perfume and cologne
Take it easy on the perfume and cologne, as you never know if your interviewer might have an allergy or aversion to strong scents. Either way, you don’t want your overwhelming spray of perfume or dab of cologne to be the first or last, thing your interviewer notices about you.
Do away with your headphones
While it’s fine to listen to music on your commute to the interview, take them off before you enter the office, and stow them away before you’re called in for the appointment. Otherwise, you risk seeming distracted and unfocused, and you certainly don’t want to be fumbling with tangled cords as you meet and shake hands with your interviewer.
Avoid looking too dated
In a competitive job market, everything matters – including your overall appearance. If your wardrobe is outdated, or if you have been out of the workforce for a while and your closet reflects it, invest in some modern, fashion-forward clothes to wear to your interview.
Don’t forget about shoes, either. Throwing on a pair of sneakers, an old pair of pumps, or beat up dress shoes certainly won’t make you look polished or professional.
Don’t overdo your makeup
While it’s important to look your best, loading on makeup is not the best way to go about it. Keep your look natural, avoiding dark eye shadow, bright lipstick, or heavy foundation. Your best bet is to stick with a light coat of mascara, a touch of powder, and some tinted lip balm. Aim to look refreshed and awake, without looking too done up.
Avoid excess jewelry
Ladies, avoid excess jewelry. Instead of big hoops or chandelier earrings, opt for classic studs. It’s also a good idea to avoid wearing flashy necklaces, large sunglasses, or anything “bedazzled.”
Don’t let your outfit detract from the focus on the interview: you, your work experience, and how you would be the best fit for the job you want.