Dress to Impress

October 30, 2014
dress-to-impress

You never get a second chance to make a first impression’

Knowing what to wear to a job interview is half the battle of the interview itself. When you are interviewing, your appearance is extremely important. Looking professional, smart and clean compared to being scruffy can play a massive role in whether you are successful or not!

The first rule of dressing for an interview is:

YOU CANNOT GO WRONG BY BEING BORING AND CONVENTIONAL!

Whatever the job, you want the interviewer to remember you for your personality and performance: not as “the one with the garish tie/short dress/platform heels/tongue ring ….”

If you look smart it will give a big boost to your confidence and you will feel the part!

Here is a link to an interesting article on how you dress translates into a personal statement. Sometimes your clothes say more than you do!

http://ecglink.com/newsletter/dressspk.shtml

Dressing well and feeling good in what you wear makes you more confident. Please click on the below the article to read more:

http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/Dress_with_Confidence_How_Dressing_Affects_Your_Attitude_and_Confidence.html

When deciding your interview outfit you should:

1.    Check out the company culture:

When first deciding what to wear on a job interview, you should first take into consideration the culture of the company you are interviewing with, and dress accordingly. Are you interviewing with a company where the employees wear suits everyday or do they wear t-shirts and jeans?

2.    Match the interviewer:

Your choice of what to wear on a job interview should match or be slightly dressier than the normal work attire of the company. For example, if the normal work attire of the company is business casual, it’s ok to wear a suit to impress. If the normal work attire is casual, it’s ok to wear a business casual outfit to impress as well. Appropriateness is the most important factor on what to wear on a job interview.

After you decide whether a professional, business casual, or casual outfit the most appropriate for your interview, here are some guidelines you will want to stay with in when deciding what to wear on a job interview. The key is to wear clothing that you feel comfortable and look great in, while at the same time matching the corresponding dress code of the company. That way you’ll give off great energy and your true personality shine through.

3.    Here are the guidelines:

  1. Make sure your clothes that are neatly ironed and press. Nothing gives away the lack of attention to detail than wrinkled clothing.
  2. Don’t wear flashy jewelry. You’ll want the interviewer to pay attention to you, not your diamond nose stud.
  3. Don’t wear over powering perfume or aftershave. Just wear a subtle scent or nothing at all as you never know if your interviewer is allergic and this isn’t a good way to find out.
  4. Make sure you have a nice, clean haircut that makes you look well groomed.
  5. For men, make sure you shave and keep facial hair to a minimum.
  6. For women, don’t wear anything that is too revealing. So no low cut tops or short skirts or dresses. As it can make the interviewers feel uncomfortable and it doesn’t look professional at all.
  7. Avoid articles of clothing with loud, busy prints. It’s best to wear solid colours that flatter your skin tone.
  8. For women, don’t overdo your makeup. Wear natural colours and avoid heavy eyeshadow, eyeliner and bright coloured lipstick.
  9. Have fresh breath, if you smoke don’t have a cigarette just before going into your interview.