We’ve all heard the phrase, “first impressions matter.” They really do, especially when it comes to what you wear to a job interview. Hiring managers are going to look at you and try to image you in the position they’re trying to fill. The way you dress and present yourself can really influence your likelihood of getting the job. You want to give them reasons to hire you, not reject you. Here are ten tips to help get your ready for the big interview:
1. You aren’t going to school. You are bringing the knowledge, right? Don’t bring a backpack. We know, they are easy and many of us use them daily. For an interview, however, it is better to carry a satchel, notepad or purse instead.
2. Dress up. You don’t have to wear a suit (though it never hurts) but do dress one or two positions up the chain. Show the hiring manager you’ve got ambition. Polish your shoes, trim your nails, and don’t pack your pockets with change.
3. Keep it simple. Don’t let your outfit be a distraction from all the great experience and information you bring. Sticking to neutral colors and fewer patterns is always a good, safe bet.
4. Sexy is for the dance floor. An interview isn’t the place for plunging necklines, unbuttoned shirts or short skirts. Again, it’s about avoiding distraction. Your brains are more attractive to hiring managers.
5. Think similar to staging your house. Be mindful of personal accessories and keep them to a minimum. The last thing you want is your tongue piercing clinking when you are explaining the most successful thing you have done in your career. Such a distraction! You want them engaged with your story, not trying to read your tattoo. Remember, the interviewer is imagining you in the role keep them engaged with your experience and expertise.
6. Fake it til you make it. Haven’t been in the industry long? That is okay – dress like you have been. Think of what you’ll wear when you are in the position five to ten years from now.
7. Don’t be sent away because of your scent. Smell good, but not too strong. You might offend the hiring manager with strong cologne. Many people are actually allergic to perfumes and cologne. Wouldn’t it be terrible if your interview got cancelled because the interviewer had an allergy attack? Stay on the safe side. A little dab with do you.
8. Let your only wrinkles be from laughs. Nothing looks messier than a wrinkly shirt or pants. Try to wear something that is wrinkle resistant and make sure to iron well. Looking neat will go a long way on your first impression.
9. Look at yourself in the mirror. Your whole self. It sounds simple, but the truth is you may be used to getting ready, doing a quick face and hair check and running out the door. Make sure to look at yourself in a full-length mirror. Are your pants stuck in your socks? Is your belt crooked? Did you take off all the tags (if your clothes are new)?
10. Be comfortable. There is nothing worse than feeling pinched here or there while you’re in an interview. Make sure to try on your interview outfit and do all the moves; sit, stand and walk around before the big day. Being comfortable in your outfit will allow you to be more comfortable delivering your job-landing answers.
Be your best self. Feel good about what you are wearing and don’t be distracted by your own outfit. Comfort is the key. You’ll be at ease, and be perceived more confident if you are comfortable in what you are wearing. Let your knowledge and experience shine more than your buttons. Make sure that first impression is on point and get that job offer.Share this: