We are all very familiar with the phrase ‘First impressions last’ well no more does that comment ring true than when attending a job interview.
With so many candidates hunting down a prized vacancy don’t let your dress sense let your quality experience, vital skills, perfect CV and positive personality down.
Think about the position you are applying for and the dress code expected for the company, for most it is a formal look but if you are likely to be applying to something a bit different for example former Facebook entrepreneur; Zuckerberg he’d rather see a more relaxed casual approach to dressing. It might be worth a little research either by checking an About Us section on a company website or a cunning bit of spying while watching staff heading home or coming to work.
However good dress attire is never out of fashion, so wear it with pride and above all feel comfortable, so do a trial run a few days before, just in case.
Remember your image is your personal brand so although you are dressing well and smart doesn’t mean you can’t add your own touches, a little bit of eccentricity (don’t go crazy) can make for some interesting, light-hearted comments in an interview. More creative industries will welcome these accents particularly, giving them an insight to your inner artistic workings.
Don’t go overboard on fragrances, aftershaves, perfumes, jewellery and hide tattoos and piercings if you are going for a more formal or professional career choice. Take the opportunity to pamper the day before, new haircut maybe, eyebrows trimmed and a newly face-masked complexion looks and makes a woman feel great on the inside so looks even better on the outside. Go for a bold but professional day dress with a tasteful cardie or jacket or maybe a sharp, solid suit either trousers or skirt version just as long as it matches. Keep shoes to a moderate heel and blouses of a comfortable fit.
For men, take the chance to trim or shave properly, dry-clean your best suit, polish your shoes, new socks, a simple tie; the old-fashion things that just work.
Whatever happens, wear a smile, you might be nervous or apprehensive but disguising it with a smile works a treat every time, there is nothing like a happy face and being given a jolly acknowledgement.