Don’t ever listen to anyone that tells you otherwise – the clothes you wear really can determine whether or not you get the job. And the thing is it isn’t all just about clothes either, but rather the whole package you put together with your overall appearance.
Job interviews can be hell on Earth – there’s no way about it. However, this isn’t to say the same has to be said for choosing the ideal outfit and overall look beforehand. So in the absence of a set blueprint pinpointing each and every article right down to the brand of socks, here’s a look at a few dos and don’ts to at least set you off in the right direction.
Interview Attire – What to Do
1. Buy At Least One New Thing
Of crucial importance as it’s just impossible to feel the bee’s-knees if you’re not wearing at least one new thing you’re proud of. It’s a proven fact that a new pair of trousers, a new tie, new shoes or even a new watch can increase our confidence, so don’t worry about investing in a full new suit perhaps, but try and pick up at least one thing new.
2. Err On the Side of Caution
Sure it’s a casual workplace and the staff walks around in flip-flops and shorts, but this doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to do the same for your interview. Also err on the side of caution – meaning that whatever you think would be the limit in terms of casualness for the interview, take at least one step more in the formal direction.
3. Be Picky
That little stain, scuff or faded patch might not normally be an issue, but it might be in your interview. And even if they don’t pick up on it, chances are you knowing it’s there will distract you at least to some extent and do your confidence no good at all.
4. Plan Ahead
Picking an outfit an hour before an interview is hideous – why not save yourself the headache and prepare your full outfit a week or two before? Common sense always prevails.
Interview Attire – What Not to Do
1. Overdo It
Dress like you’re heading to your first prom and they’ll have trouble taking you seriously from the word go. Err on the side of caution indeed, but don’t go OTT.
Be sure to impose a sensible limit with the bling and while you might look great in a bar, you won’t get the same reaction in an interview. Try following a less-is-more mantra when it comes to accessories.
3. Overlook Grooming
Sure the fresh-from-bed look might work on the hipster scene, but it won’t win over your interviewers. Look beyond clothes alone to ensure your grooming is as smart as it can be.
4. Wear Anything Uncomfortable
Chances are there will be enough discomfort during the interview itself, so do yourself the favour of not wearing clothes or accessories you aren’t 100% comfortable in. This is something the folks across the table will pick up on right away and won’t work in your favour.
By Lisa Morton
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