If you have a formal presentation, interview or business meeting coming up that is important to you and you feel like you should put your best foot forward, then this guide is for you.
Maintaining your personal style whilst still being appropriately dressed for an interview scenario can prove to be a challenge. A job interview can be tricky place to make a fashion statement because you have so much on the line and so much to lose (or gain if you’re successful). We’ve put together a few simple tips for choosing your attire and standing out for all the right reasons.
- Find out what the company dress code is
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The front desk receptionist can give you this information or you could ask someone in human resources. Don’t feel like this is something you shouldn’t ask before the big day, showing the initiative to ask this question and being prepared makes you look like you are taking it seriously. Another great way of gaining this important information would be to look at the company’s social media pages.
The next step would be to dress one level up from the dress code, this means if it’s casual, plan your outfit to be business or smart casual in order to make a good impression. If the usual dress code is business casual, plan to be in full business attire and wear a suit
- Be conservative
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You never know for sure who you could meet during a job interview and what their personal tastes or preferences may be, so being conservative always works. If you’re unsure as to whether your taste will be appreciated by the masses then hiring a personal shopper could be the way to go.
- Wear neutral colors
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Colors like black, navy, grey or brown are a good idea for items such as trousers and jackets. For shirts, blouses or other kinds of tops, muted or pastel colors can look smart and presentable. Try to avoid bold colors or anything which is too vibrant as this may be distracting and not to your interviewers taste.
- Minimal makeup and jewellery
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Nothing too flashy, nothing too dressy and nothing that is going to draw unwanted attention to you. Don’t go overboard trying to impress your interviewer with your fashion sense, it could backfire if their personal style differs from yours.
- Be yourself
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If you look good, you’ll feel good and remember that confidence is always in style. Wear what works for you and try to put forward your very best image. Whatever you decide to wear should make you feel cool, calm, collected and confident. Your goal is to make the perfect first impression with your image and show them your are the right fit for the company. To do just that, ensure you are dressed to work, not dressed to party.
Bear in mind that for different fields of work, what you wear for a job interview can be extremely different, so these tips should be customized to the specific environment you may be applying for. Whatever the role or position, the way you present yourself will be analyzed closely.
The time to prepare yourself in terms of what to wear for an interview shouldn’t be the day or night before the big day. You should be thinking about the perfect interview outfit well in advance, so that have a couple of outfits to have on standby for whenever an opportunity may come your way.
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