Dear guys, this one is for you! With so many businesses hiring right now, interview rates are off the charts, and there’s a good chance that you could be hired for the job of your dreams – whatever that might be.
Job interviews, especially ones that have a significant impact on your career in the long run, are a mental blur when you think of the sequence of events. The anxiety, the initial handshake, the eye contact, the confident smiles, and all of the questions – it can be daunting to prepare for. However, one thing you shouldn’t have to worry over is what to wear for a job interview.
When picking out interview clothes, it’s important to remember that you don’t always have to wear a business suit for an interview. Dream jobs vary from one person to the next, so your prospective workplace might jive with the formality of a suit and tie.
In this article, we cover some tips to help you “dress for success”, as the saying goes. It might lead you to being hired for your dream job.
Simple and Professional are the Criteria Your Interview Ensemble Should Strive for
Don’t go crazy with patterns or designs. Your interview wear should be professional, clean, and neat, but solidly coloured to keep attention on you and not your outfit. Go with simplicity. You can either wear business casual or formal business attire, but you should keep in mind that a good first impression is paramount to the hiring process.
Your aim for interview clothing should be a professional look that says that you want the job. You are serious about the interview and dedicated to putting your best foot forward to accomplish being hired.
Accessories? Keep Them to a Bare Minimum
Choose your accessories carefully. Unless your job involves an alternative dress code, take out any facial piercings and ensure visible tattoos are covered. Also, as a side note, the business will address piercings and tattoos in their dress code policies. Make sure your prospective boss is aware of any body art or modifications that you might wear on a daily basis. Some businesses are more progressive in their dress codes than others.
Your interview ensemble should look tied together. So, if you wear a black business suit or dress, consider wearing a silver watch or necklace to complement the outfit. It’s simple, subtle, and classy.
Opt for Neutral Tones with a Simple, Quick Pop of Colour
Neutral tones are black, grey, beige, and some blues. These are simple, solid tones that can be easily dressed up with a pop of colour. Remember that colours have meanings. So, a calming navy blue with an accessory of light blue might represent calm and peace.
Smile – Be Confident in Your Appearance and Stand Tall
When going in for a job interview, make a good first impression by being aware of your posture and expressions. Smile easily and stand tall to promote an image of confidence.
Other ways to exude confidence for a job interview include:
- Don’t fidget. If you’re nervous, it will show in the shaking of your legs or the movement of your hands. Try to breathe deep and remain calm.
- Make and maintain good eye contact. Keep natural, stable eye contact as someone is speaking with you. It conveys trust and respect.
- Practice a good, firm handshake to express confidence and enthusiasm in the potential position.
Be Attentive to the Business Dress Code
What are your future colleagues wearing? What are the dos and don’ts of dress in the employee handbook? You can easily find out all of this information online, through a business website, or through stopping by the check out the building before your interview.
If you have doubts about what to wear, contact the Human Resources Manager to get an idea of a dress code. They can give you an idea of the kind of business you have an interview with, as well as what would be most appropriate to wear for an interview.
You Can Be Comfortable and Still Dress to Impress for the Job of Your Dreams
You should never feel pressured to wear something that makes you uncomfortable. So, when shopping for interview attire, try on your choices to ensure optimum comfort and confidence. Remember that your first impression is as much about your personality as it is about your look, so let your knowledge and positive attitude speak volumes about who you are.