While contemplating what to wear to your next job interview, take account of the fact that your clothes convey a powerful message about the type of person you are.
Studies show that we humans rightly or wrongly make our mind up about someone within roughly thirty seconds of meeting them. What you wear, your body language and how you communicate all tell a story to the interviewer as to whether or not you are the type of person likely to fit in with their team, the company culture as well as the clients they do business with.
Before deciding on what to wear to the interview, take a moment to put yourself in the interviewers’ shoes, they have roughly an hour to gather as much information about you as possible.
What is racing through the interviewers mind when they first meet you is: Can I see him working alongside our top sales executive; would she complement me at a business meeting?
Would I be happy for her to represent our company in a front of house customer services position? This all happens before you have uttered a single word, let alone dazzled them with your stunning responses to their interview questions.
When considering what to wear for your next interview, bear in mind the clothes you wear to the interview are a powerful communicator. If your interview attire raises question marks in the interviewers mind, you may have to work extra hard to earn their respect and impress during the interview.
You only get one chance to make a first impression, so follow these simple interview dress guidelines and make your first impression count!
1. What to wear depends on the position you are applying for, so align yourself with the company brand.
First, do some research about the culture and brand of the company. In a corporate environment wearing a suit might be standard, however in many creative industries such as TV, radio and the arts a more casual look might be the norm. How you dress should communicate that you understand their brand and are aligned to the company culture, do this and you will increase your chances of being perceived as the perfect fit.
2. Don’t wear anything that is likely to take the attention away from what you are saying in the interview.
Neckties should have conservative patterns and moustaches and beards neatly trimmed. Don’t overdo it on the aftershave as you are likely to be at fairly close proximity to your interviewer for a considerable period of time! Any tattoos should be covered up, piercings taken out.
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Keep make up to a minimum, wear subtle perfume, or none at all, no big hairdo’s or bright coloured suits, flashy jewelery is also a big no no, and never attend an interview with bare legs, it is simply not appropriate in a business environment.
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3. Congruence is King
Before deciding what to wear, think about the attributes that are important in the job you are applying for and dress to reflect those. There should be congruence between what you look like and what the position entails, in other words, make it easy for the interviewer to see you in the role. If you are applying for a secretarial position, your attention to detail needs to be strong, for a leadership role, you will need to convey an image of authority and professionalism etc.
4. Dress like a Winner
Understand that what you wear is communicating a message about who you are. Does your clothing say you have a winning mindset or communicate that you are someone who doesn’t really care. As part of your interview preparation, a week in advance, try on what you are going to wear on the day of the interview, look in the mirror and ask yourself the question – would I hire me?
5. Let your Uniqueness Shine Through
While bearing these general guidelines in mind you don’t want to be so standard fare that you blend into insignificance. The most important thing you can wear on the day is a confident smile, you won’t feel comfortable or confident if your interview attire isn’t an authentic reflection of you.
Remember when choosing what to wear for interview success, you are selling yourself, make sure ‘brand you’ conveys a message of confidence and professionalism.
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Originally posted 2016-09-06 16:36:03.