Saturday, November 24, 2012

Tips on Dressing for an Interview

Tips on Dressing for an Interview


When you meet a potential employer, the first impression is based on what you’re wearing and how professional you look. One look at you can contribute significantly to your future with the company and while it is important to feel comfortable, ensure you do not go overboard.
  1. Be conservative and specific.
    There are times when you may not be absolutely sure about what to wear. Remember, it is always better to be dressed a little more professionally than the other way around. Choosing simple colours like blue, black and grey is a lot safer than going over the top. Never wear something you are uncomfortable in. If you haven’t worn something before, this is not the time to try it.
    Try and wear something that is appropriate for the job position you’ve applied for. A suit does not make sense if you are applying for the post of a lifeguard.

  1. Be clean and confident.
    Your clothes may look great but do they look good on you?
    Like we stated earlier, only wear something you’re absolutely comfortable and confident in. Under confidence shows itself clearly. You cannot be fidgety and uncomfortable in what you’re wearing.
    Cleanliness is crucial too. Ensure you give special attention to your hair, nails, teeth, breath and body odour. A pair of unpolished shoes is a strict no. Keep that in mind.

  1. Accessories.
    Accessorize yourself carefully and ensure you don’t look flashy. A formal wrist watch and a pen are essential. Make sure your shoes and belt look clean and match your outfit. Keep the jewellery to a strict minimum and if you are wearing earrings, match them carefully. If you wear makeup, ensure it is applied carefully and does not seem over the top. Apply your cologne but use it in a way that is not overpowering.
    Also, carry a briefcase that matches your attire and gives you easy access to required documents.

  1.  Check and stay updated.
    Check your clothing carefully. A torn pocket or hanging threads can look terrible. Keep in mind that something you wore years ago might not be in fashion. Wear it and see how it looks. Check the fitting cautiously. It may be a good idea to ask a friend for an opinion.

  1. Finally, keep your clothes ready a day before the interview. Ensure they’re clean and well ironed. Before stepping out, check your appearance and satisfy yourself. Walk in with a confidence and get the job you want.

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