They say first impressions last, and indeed they do. When you meet a prospective employer for the first time, they immediately form an opinion of you based on what you're wearing and how you carry yourself. Here is a guide on how dressing like you’ve already received an offer will set you up for winning.
Creating a professional identity
Part of creating a professional identity is displaying a professional image in your appearance and presentation. Before heading out for your interview, take a look at your reflection in the mirror, you should ask yourself:
For the interview: do I make a good impression? Would I hire the person in the mirror?
On the job: based solely on my appearance, do I look like I reflect the company in a positive light?
The reality is that the way you look plays a role in your success as a candidate, so much so that it could influence your chances of getting that job.
Dress for success!
For the traditional jobs that have been around for a long time such as those in the accounting and law fields, you can never go wrong with a formal shirt and tie, or skirt; a blazer and formal shoes.
With the upsurge of the digital age, a lot of new and exciting work spaces have been created which allow many employees to express themselves more creatively. For example, If you are applying for , say in the social media space, a smart casual look will suffice, So chino pants, a white shirt with sometimes a nice pair of sneakers would be considered as smart casual.
Dress appropriate to your industry you’re in. Every company has a dress code; for some it’s casual, while others are semi-formal and formal. TIP: call the HR person you’re dealing with and ask what the dresscode for your interview is
Make sure everything you wear fits. If it’s too big, you look sloppy; if it’s too small, you look tacky
You don’t need to have a huge budget for an interview, just make certain your attire is clean and ironed out!
Stay away from bright colours and bold patterns as they tend to become distracting and flashy
If you’re not sure what too bright is, rather opt for neutrals and earth tones — navy blue, brown, black, grey and beige.
Your scent/smell: TIP: Anything someone can smell isn’t good! Just one spritz of perfume or one dab of aftershave will do
Carry some gum or peppermint in your bag to chew on before the interview for a fresh breath
If you have lots of piercings, try to remove them (earrings only is a good rule), try and cover the tattoos you have; and the less you accessorise, the better.
Interview attire preparation tips:
Make sure you have washed and ironed your attire way in advance. If your clothes are dry-clean only, take them to the cleaners before the interview
Make sure everything fits correctly the night before
Be sure to polish your shoes the night before
Now go out there dressed for success, and own that interview!
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