You’ve done all the work of filling out applications and submitting a top-notch resume that you slaved painstakingly over, now it’s time for the big day. You are called in for an interview – but what to wear for that first meet?
Fashion plays an important role in how we see others – too frumpy or skimpy and your clothes say negative things about your decision-making abilities and your sense of reality. Appear over-dressed and you might seem to be an over-thinker or attention seeker.
Choose a Power Outfit
Your outfit should make you feel great when you are wearing it. Your personality can shine through, but be careful what you are saying with each item you put on. Don’t look at your favorite shoes with rose-colored glasses and fail to notice the scuff marks.
Look the Part
You shouldn’t wear a suit to a welding job interview and you also don’t want to wear jean shorts to an office assistant interview (or, probably, to any interview!). It is better to look slightly overdressed, but you should dress for the position you are looking to be hired for. Your employer will be looking for certain things (like common sense, business sense, creativity, energy or sharpness) that will be seen through your choice of clothing.
Simple is Good
Too much eye make up, wearing extremely loud colors or overloading the accessories are ways to distract from your interview performance in a negative way. Tone down the accessories and remember that simple is usually better for an interview. Watch out for garish patterns on ties and don’t pile on a dress scarf, earrings, eyeshadow and lipstick – keep your look professional and remember that sober colors are often the best choice for most job interviews.
Men – Don’t forget about the socks! Your employer will notice if you choose white socks or sport socks instead of matching dress socks, even if you think they don’t show. Also, don’t forget to trim up that facial hair!
Women – Feeling good doesn’t mean showing off much of your body, so look out for those low-cut, ultra-tight or mini-skirt outfits that will say way more than you mean before you ever open up your mouth.