“You can have anything you want if you dress for it!”
When going to a job interview few people realise that what you wear does have an impact on the outcome of your interview. In a recent surveys hiring managers have claimed the following:
- 70% of employers have claimed they don’t want applicants to be trendy or fashionable.
- 65% of bosses said clothes could be the deciding factor between two similar candidates.
- 55% of the impact comes from the way the person dresses, acts and walks through the door
On average 33% of hiring managers know within the first 90 seconds of the interview whether they will consider you. Therefore, that is a very limited amount of time to make an impression. Following these tips should help increase your chances of making a good first impression.
Choose a matching suit, sticking with conservative colours such as navy, black or dark grey. You shouldn’t spend a fortune on your suit, however it is vital that your suit is tailored to you. An ill fitting suit not only makes you look unprofessional but gives the impression that you haven’t taken the time to show your best self.
You must always wear a long-sleeve shirt, which like your suit must also be tailored to fit you. Accompanying your shirt should be a tie. Ties can be a difficult piece to pick for an interview, therefore its best to go with a good quality tie with a slight pop of colour. You should try to match your belt to your shoes, wear dark socks and dark leather business shoes.
Much like the men, pick out a two-piece matching suit for women, the fit should be fitted and not snug. Again dark conservative colours are all appropriate. If you choose to wear a trouser suit and not skirt, they should be hemmed so the cuff does not drag on the floor. .
To compliment your suit wear a tailored blouse under your jacket. Make sure your shoes are comfortable and that you can walk with ease. Keep the jewellery to a minimum and bring an under-stated bag.
Finally, Make-up should be minimal and natural as heavy and bright make-up can be a distraction. This also goes for your nails, that must be both clean and a natural shade.