The day for your interview has been set. That said, you were one of the few people selected from dozens of applicants to keep competing for the job offer. Not only are you very much in need of this job, but you’ve studied it thoroughly by preparing yourself for difficult interview questions and you’re really excited. But wait. What will you wear to this coveted interview?
An administrative assistant will guide you to an office or conference room where the interviewer and possibly others will be waiting for you. You have studied your résumé and are ready. The door opens and you enter briskly and with a big smile. They look at you and notice how you look. You are making an impression and you want that impression to be excellent. You also know that first impression lasts. Some of what they see cannot be changed. This is how you look – good or bad. However, there is much you can do to improve that first and decisive impression.
For men, it is easier to a certain extent. Make sure your look is clean. A new haircut and a close shave are a must. A gray beard or mustache will add years to your age. As a rule, a well-tailored suit in a dark color – but not black – is recommended. A nice light color is appropriate in summer, but preferably for the follow-up interview, not the first. However, if the dress code is for business, the suit may be omitted. The shirt – well cut and in a contemporary style – should complement your clothes. Investing in a modern tie is smart. A haberdashery store could take you there, or you could check out a few pictures in one of the clothing store’s catalogs that are regularly crammed into your mailbox. A belt should also emphasize your positive appearance. The socks should be one color and not have a visible pattern. They should match the color of your shoes. Shoes are extremely important not only to make you feel comfortable, but also because they talk about you too. A pair of shiny new shoes creates the image you want to showcase.
The same principles apply to women. Having a hairstyle that enhances the look is important. Don’t overdo the makeup and I recommend skipping the perfume when doing an interview. Your taste in perfumes may not match someone else’s, and the aroma can linger long after you leave the office. If you smoke, I recommend that you refrain from smoking for at least six hours before the interview and make sure that your interview clothes have been aired. Non-smokers can spot smokers from afar. Keep jewelry to a minimum and remember that cleavage and revealing, short skirts can improve your candidacy in the modeling profession. However, when applying for other jobs, consider a more professional, conservative look.
Think of the stereotype that “clothes make the man” and, if you believe it, it makes sense to invest in your interview wardrobe to improve your image and therefore your chances of getting the job offer. Your comments are welcome.