Interviews can be stressful enough without having to think what to wear. It can be hard choosing the correct outfit to make the best impression, and depending where you are going for an interview, different attires could be suitable. Below are a few tips and tricks to get started on preparing for that interview day look.
Often you should be able to find out what the uniform code is for a certain company, either by searching on the internet or if you have been in the building. It may be worth going past and seeing how others are dressed if you really have no idea. Usually for office based jobs, there are two types of attire, formal and business casual. For a formal interview, a suit is always best for both men and women, and means you can’t go wrong. For a company that likes their staff to dress business casual, this can be a bit trickier. Jeans are a definite no-no, as are t-shirts. For ladies’ skirts or pants with blouses, dresses can be worn too but need to be at an appropriate length and not revealing. For men, shirts and pants are probably the best option. If you have an interview at a clothing store, perhaps wearing their clothes would show your enthusiasm for their brand.
How to Look Smart
The best way to make a good impression is to look smart. If you know it’s going to be raining the day of your interview, ensure you have a big coat or umbrella. Maybe pay that extra few dollars to get a taxi. The last thing you want is to be hit by a rain storm and end up undoing all the hard work of getting yourself looking presentable in the morning. Wake up with plenty of time to get ready, it is better to be sat eating breakfast with an hour to go before your interview than rushing around and forgetting something vital. Hair up is always an easy and smart option. Piercings should be kept to a minimum as should makeup, and tattoos are best hidden at interview stage. You may find some companies are more lenient than others with this but it is best to find out after your interview rather than before.
Choosing the Correct Attire
We all have different body shapes and skin colors, meaning we may suit some clothes and colors better than others. Whether you have pale, dark or wheatish skin, there are certain colors that will flatter your skin tone and make you look and feel more confident. Depending on your body shape, you may feel more suitable wearing a skirt, pants or a dress. Dressing according to these will make you look and feel better, making you feel more confident for your interview.
Of course, what you say and how you act in an interview is the most important, but if it comes down to you and another candidate, how you presented yourself and your attire may be what gives you the edge in getting your dream job.