What to wear for a job interview

Businesswoman Crossing the Finish Line Ahead of BusinessmenAs humans we believe what we see, we make subconscious decisions and judgements about people in just a few seconds – especially in an interview situation so what you wear is vital to how the interviewer sees you.

What to do

  • Research the company’s dress code – match their style of dress but even if it’s very casual aim to include some form of tailoring – smart trousers/skirt/shift dress or jacket.
  • A jacket will always look smart but if you feel overdressed you can remove it (so long as you are wearing a long sleeved top/shirt underneath)
  • Wear something that you feel comfortable in – this is not the occasion for something brand new! If you can wear them, heels will always make you stand better so long as they’re not too high!
  • Ensure your grooming is impeccable – clean clothes, shoes, hair, nails, body and wear some make-up – it’s been found that women who wear make-up can earn over 20% more than those that don’t!
  • Wear simple understated accessories that look amazing but don’t jangle or distract from what you are saying. Hide tattoos and multiple piercings.

What not to do

  • Wear anything too revealing or too tight – the more skin you show the more vulnerable you become. So no cleavage, belly or short skirts!
  • The same goes for underwear – avoid visible bras, knickers that are too tight or too low cut and thongs that show above your waistband.
  • Don’t take big, over stuffed bags into the interview – just a medium sized handbag or laptop case.
  • Don’t wear too much perfume – it could be overpowering in a small interview room!
  • As a general rule don’t wear jeans, flip flops, trainers or shorts to an interview.

Author Bio:

Gail Morgan is a Master Image Consultant, Personal Stylist and Trainer. She works with corporates and individuals helping them to define and establish their personal brand – to ensure that they always make the right first impression. www.theimagehouse.co.uk

Leonnie Turner-Bruce
About the author

Leonnie has worked with the WATC team for over 5 years. Leonnie also runs her own Design company www.destinydesigns.co.uk.

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