Dressing appropriately for a job interview shows the interviewer that you are taking the interview seriously. Not only does dressing well help you to make a good first impression, but wearing your best clothes can also help you to feel more confident and perform better during your interview.
These tips, for both men and women, will help you to find success at your job interview.
Hygiene and Grooming
Make sure that you are clean and well groomed. Take a shower, clean your hair, and make yourself look presentable. Have a haircut before the big day and make sure your fingernails are clean.
Men should be freshly shaven. Those who do have a mustache or a beard should make sure that it is neat and well-trimmed.
You should also wash your hands before the interview; nobody wants to shake a clammy and sweaty hand. Take a quick toilet break five minutes before your interview and freshen up a little.
Perfume and Cologne
Make sure you smell good, but avoid wearing strong perfume or cologne. The strong smell can be unpleasant for other people, especially if you are interviewing in a small room.
You don’t want the interviewer to be overwhelmed by your perfume, so keep it minimal.
Your choice of clothes will depend on the job you are applying for. For example, if you’re applying for an office job, a smart suit would be best. However, if you’re applying to work in a tech startup, you may find that more casual attire is suitable. If you’re in doubt, it’s better to err on the side of formality. Also, ensure that your clothes are cleaned and pressed before the big day.
Wear shoes which are appropriate for the job, the season, and go well with the clothes you are wearing. It would look unusual to wear sandals in a cold day or when wearing your best suit. Similarly, it would look weird to wear smart shoes if you’re going for the casual look. Whatever shoes you decide to wear, make sure that they are clean and polished.
Tattoos and Body Piercings
Although visible tattoos and body piercings are becoming more culturally acceptable, it’s best to cover them up when in a professional setting. However, if you’re applying for a job as a tattoo artist, you’ll want your tattoos proudly on display for all to see. Think about the kind of job you’re applying for and make an educated choice. You may love your tattoo of a skull and crossbones on your forearm, but your interviewer may not.
Too much makeup makes you look unprofessional, so keep makeup to a minimum. You’re applying for a job, not going out clubbing, Try to keep a natural look and avoid bright colours. Again, this depends on the job you’re applying for.
Go for a professional look which covers your body, and don’t wear clothes that reveal too much skin. Women should wear tights and ensure that skirts cover their knees. Don’t have your cleavage on show and keep your arms covered with a stylish suit jacket. Men should wear long trousers a long-sleeved shirt, and a suit jacket, and buttons should be fastened all the way to the top to avoid showing too much of their chest.
Wear appropriate jewelry for the job and don’t go to an interview looking like Mr. T from the A-Team. Men should remove earrings and wear minimal rings. Women can often get away with wearing more jewelry than men, but should still wear only a few tasteful pieces.
A crisp suit, good shoes, clean fingernails, and a nice hairstyle will help immensely when trying to make a good first impression. People will notice what you’re wearing, and it’s best to play it safe. Imagine that you are an interviewer and dress as you would expect somebody to dress when applying for a job.
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