You just got that mail which says you have been invited for a job interview . Congratulations. Next step is preparation which includes putting together the perfect outfit. One thing people fail to realize is that what we wear for that interview is extremely important. It either makes or mar you. As the wise saying goes “THE WAY YOU ARE DRESSED IS THE WAY YOU WOULD BE ADDRESSED”.
Your dressing is a very big part of that interview. it shows the employers that you are capable of representing their company.It is a very important criteria for making a first impression. Those hiring managers don’t even know you and haven’t seen you before , but the first look goes a long way to determining if you get that job.
It doesn’t mean you have to go shopping , buying new clothes and all but even with what you have and the proper combination will go a long way. There some accessories and clothes you just cant wear for a job interview. You should know that you are trying to sell yourself to your interviewer.
Of course, there’s no one outfit that’s guaranteed to land you a job.
Now the only thing left is putting together the perfect outfit. Since you have one shot to make a good first impression, it’s essential that you ensure you don’t sabotage your opportunity with an unintentional style faux paus. .
#1 . Do not wear anything to revealing . This shows your prospective employers that you care less. Even if you have the hottest body around just cover it up as much as possible at least for that interview. Ladies whose outfit reveals their inner wear/ under wear , shows you lack discipline and could offend a potential employer. Button up your shirt to the top, and ladies should be conscious of skirt length. If your bra straps are visible at all-even if they’re the same color as your blouse-wear something else. It’s just not very classy to have your underwear showing in such a professional environment.
Ladies no tank tops , transparent blouses or that short skirt . Guys no unbuttoned shirts , no shorts . Just cover up please.
#2 Wearing sandals or opened toes shoes are a no-no. save it for your casual outings but not for this important time of your life. let me tell you a secret – wearing opened toes attracts attention to your feet ranging from the color of your nail polish or lack of it to the trim of your nail
#3 Do not apply too much perfume ,lotion or cologne. Are you trying to get excess attention ? Some people are very guilty of this act . haba , some people are sensitive to strong scents and worse in excess . so please keep it moderated.
#4 Excess accessories , jewelries and make up is a don’t. Tone down your appearance for the interview. Earrings and necklaces should be small and simple, while it’s recommended not to wear more than one ring on each hand. It doesn’t bring out the best picture. You can wear a suit to an interview.
#5 No wearing of jeans. You are not going for a casual meeting but you are trying to be as corporate and formal as possible.Even if you know that the office you’re stepping into is casual, stick to professional interview wear. It doesn’t matter how dark or upscale your jeans are; don’t wear them to an interview. It’s always better to arrive overdressed than underdressed.
#6 No baggy clothes let your clothes be fitted
#7 First things that people access when they see you are your clothes and shoes and they can tell your kind of person. Ensure that your shoes are well polished and not tattered. Dont wear sneakers or unprofessional sandals. Dont expect to make a good first impression when you wear a poor looking , unkept shoe. Invest in a pair of dress shoes that you can wear with work-appropriate suits and dresses.
Shorts are never acceptable for an interview. They are way too casual and show a lack of respect for the interview and the interviewer. While some industries don’t expect a full suit and tie, there is no profession so causal that shorts will do the trick. Take the extra minute and throw on some slacks.
#8 Short skirt
Unless you’re interviewing to be a leg model, if your skirt falls above the knee, don’t wear it to an interview. Not only will you constantly be trying to sit in a way that doesn’t give the interviewer a view straight up your skirt, it’s not the most professional option and could put off a potential employer. You don’t have to skip wearing a skirt or dress altogether, just make sure it’s long enough to cover your thighs when seated.
#9 Heavy makeup
Save the heavy eyeliner and bold lipstick for your next night on the town and keep the makeup palette neutral for your interview. You can use some color, just don’t go overboard. And don’t go too heavy on the lip gloss. Not only could it end up on your teeth, it can be distracting if applied too liberally.
#10 Graphic T-Shirts
Interview wear isn’t as conservative as it used to be, but that doesn’t mean you should sport your favorite graphic t-shirt to your meeting. You never know who will be interviewing you, so avoid wearing any shirts that could be too trendy and thus distracting.
So, be mindful when choosing your clothes. If you’re going to wear a daring color, like red, do it tactfully, making sure the overall design of your outfit is especially conservative. And, it’s a good idea to avoid short hemlines and skin-tight fits altogether.
No backpacks. No open toe shoes , No rolled up sleeves , No unprofessional bag , No casual shorts and shirts