Alright, we have to tell you the ugly truth that no matter what you wear to a job interview, it never guarantees you an offer, unless you are going to work as a model (well, even that is not guaranteed by your Jimmy Choo). BUT, people do judge you a lot by your first impression. From the moment you walk into the office, portfolio handed in and you have the first handshake with your future boss, the decision maker of the job will instantly or let’s say inevitably form an impression that will last the entire interview and beyond. This first impression can be one of the key factors to the result of your interview.
Even if the job you are applying to does not require a formal dress, we recommend you to always wear something formal to your interview. It doesn’t always have to be a suit but just because your future colleague seems to wear jeans or t-shirts to work doesn’t mean that there’s no need to dress your best for the interview.
Therefore, we have some tips for you:
- Dress in something comfortable for you.
Be aware not to dress up like someone else. You should try to not wear that brand new outfit since you might not feel comfortable in it. You don’t want to have those wardrobe mishaps like a split seam or an ‚I-so-didn’t-realise-this-was-see-through‘ moment on your big day. If you do insist on something new and fresh, try it on at a different occasion to have a road test beforehand.
Since you would like to sell yourself the best in the interview, it is not a bad idea to wear something old but something you are sure about. If you happen to have a nice smart dress or suit that you always get compliments on, don’t be afraid to reach for your old favorite. They’ll make you feel safe and confident because you know you look good in it.
- Black is a little….boring.
It is ok if black is your comfort zone in clothing, but we recommend you to add a splash of color or a print to stop you from blending in with other candidates. A printed silk blouse under a classic black jacket is a great choice for interviews. Try to avoid a black dress under a black jacket with black shoes otherwise you’ll need to smile a whole lot to brighten yourself up.
- A Smile is the best decoration.
Smile. The best way to light up your face and your first impression to people is to smile. We all know one is often terribly nervous in an interview, but smiles make you look friendlier and also make them instantly warm to you. During the interview, it is a good idea to nod and smile while the recruiter or interviewer is talking to you. This can help you keep the energy of interview positive.
The interviewers might glance you up and down while you arrive the office. Their Gazes end up mostly on your shoes. Make sure they are clean. Those heels that you are not sure how long you can walk with are better staying on the runway since you don’t know how long you might have to walk from the lobby to the meeting room. A closed-toe mid-heel is the safest option, and while it’s best to avoid fluoro-brights, a print or pastel style can add a brighter touch to your outfit.