Dress to Impress
What to Wear For a Job Interview
First impressions are, by definition, instant and it takes seconds for a complete stranger to formulate a positive or negative opinion of you based on your appearance alone. It means the first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one.
Fashions come and fashions go, but style remains, and, for both formal and informal interviews, there are a few hard and fast rules.
- When in doubt, be more conservative.
- You have the choice of trousers or skirt. And in case you choose the skirt, don't forget the hemline should be no more than one biro length above the knee. Very long skirts, while modest, are also considered too trendy for an interview.
- Wear a suit, it should be comfortable and fit you well; if your waistband is cutting you in half or your jacket is too tight, you won’t look or act your best.
- You can't go wrong with black. Black is the new black after all.
- Keep heels at a sensible height.
- Again, when in doubt, go conservative.
- For suits, dark sober colours are always good even in the summer.
- A well ironed white shirt is an easy way to match your outfit.
- Don't distract the interviewer with a colorful tie. It's always easiest to go with a non-patterned, single-coloured tie.
- A belt is also recommended. You can't go wrong if you match the color of the shoes.
- Shoes should be brown or black, but avoid mixing brown with black or blue suit.
- And last but not least, the socks! You must think it's just a detail, but yes, the interviewer will notice! Wear dark color socks and make sure they are long enough so that your skin will not be seen if you sit down.
The way you dress contributes to communicate your own style and this allows to generate harmony with your interviewer.
It’s much better to be too dressed up than too casual. Dressing professionally shows respect for yourself, the interviewer, and the company.
We wish you good luck!
From i12WRK team