You’ve got a job interview! Congrats! Now, what to wear?
Before you even open your mouth in a job interview, like it or not, the interviewer has already formed some kind of an opinion on you, based on the way you’re dressed. Studies have shown that although we were taught never to judge a book by its cover, we form a first impression on someone after the first five seconds of meeting them, and it can take up to 21 successive experiences to change that first opinion. Yikes!
This is why it’s so important, when going for a job interview, to dress for the job you want, and not for the job you have. Because you wouldn’t be there in the first place if you didn’t want it, right?
So, first things first, consider the job you’re applying for. If your interview is for a position at a top fashion magazine, chances are you’re going to dress pretty differently then if you were going for a position in a solicitor’s office. So keep this in mind when choosing your outfit.
Confidence is Key
You wouldn’t go into a job interview believing that you have 0 ability to do the actual job at hand, so why would you wear something that makes you feel uncomfortable? You may struggle to answer some tricky interview questions, but struggling with a low-cut top, or pants-suit that’s just too tight, is a no-no!
Best Foot Forward
Keep your 5″ heels for Saturday night. There’s nothing worse than struggling to walk in a pair of shoes that are just too high. It’s recommended that a comfortable mid-sized heel, with a closed toe is most appropriate for a job interview.
Less is More
This applies to many things. First up, makeup. While you want to present yourself in the best possible way, try and keep your makeup to a natural everyday look. Don’t go trying out something wild just because you have a bit of time to spend on it. Next, jewellery. Again, if you’re going for a job in a creative or fashion-led industry, then a statement necklace should be fine, but if your position is more conservative, keep jewellery to one ring on each hand, and a pair of studs. Lastly, your perfume. You don’t want to bathe in perfume before heading into your interview, only to find your interviewer is wildly allergic to strong scents.
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