What to wear for the interview
Job Search: What to wear for the interview!
Here is a tip from my book; The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book; How to Win Jobs and Influence Recruiters.
What to wear for the interview – according to Kim Zoller at Image Dynamics, 55% of another person’s perception of you is based on how you look. So, yes, of course it makes a difference what you wear to the interview.
Like so many other things you do to get work, dressing right needs research and preparation. You need to research the organization you are hoping to join.
In general it is best to dress conservatively. In some organizations, for example in the Arts, that will still mean smart casual. And smart casual means what it says, smart. Generally for interviews go for the mainstream.
For most organizations, what will be required will be smart office wear; a suit in one dark colour with a coordinated blouse or shirt in a light colour – white if you can wear it.
As for shoes, for women keep to a dark court shoe with a moderate heal and for men go for dark socks and professional shoes. Ties with logos are best avoided – again be reserved.
Go for a limited amount of jewellery and neat, clean hair. Nails need to be clean and manicured. Go lightly with the scent/aftershave. If someone on the panel starts to sneeze they will not be concentrating on you and what you offer.
You want the panel to concentrate on you, and on what you are saying, not on how you have dressed.
It should go without saying that your clothes should be clean and freshly pressed. If you have to travel a long way to get to the interview then consider using a suit bag and changing nearby.
If you do need to eat and drink in your interview clothes before the interview then do so with care and make sure crumbs are brushed off.
If possible leave travel bags outside the interview room. If you carry anything into the room it is best for it to be a portfolio or a brief case. Make sure you can get access to a clean tissue just in case, with all the tension, your nose starts to run.
Just like most other things you do to get a job, dressing for the interview is about research and preparation. But dressing well and appropriately really will help keep up your confidence on the day and it will certainly help you make your best impression.
Other resources for the job seeker
As a job seeker, there are lots of useful techniques to learn or to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in my handy little pocket book.
A concise and practical little work book. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.
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Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues.