They say clothes make the man. Exactly how true is this saying?
In today’s working world, first impressions are not only an important concern but often can decide whether you get a job. The clothes you wear on a job interview can be just as important as the resume you present.
In fact, opinions start to be formed about our intelligence, professionalism, background and ethics within 10 seconds. Within 30 seconds, the interviewer has already assimilated a great deal of information from you. That is why it is important to dress your best at that job interview.
The way you look at a job interview will never get any better, interviewers assume. So, if you don’t take the time and effort to properly present yourself, how can you expect a potential employer to take you seriously?
conservative business suit or dress of a natural or woven-blend fabric in a soft color complementing your skin and hair color — blue, navy, gray, beige, tan or brown.
- Skirt length should be at least to the bottom of the knee.
- Sleeves must touch the wrist
- Buttons should be fastened two buttons above the cleavage and should stay fastened
- The shirt must be below the hip.
- Should not be a tight fit
- No creases
- No pulling back
- Must be able to place two fingers between your skirt and body
- Loose fit
- Shouldn't curve under waistline when you bend or sit
- Length must be appropriate
- No pulling of the pleats.
- Well-groomed hairstyle.
- Clean, manicured fingernails.
- Minimal perfume or cologne. Best if applied at least two hours before the interview. A little goes a long way in a small, closed interview room.
- Empty pockets? no tinkling change or bulges.
- No gum or cigarettes.
- No body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.)
Pay attention to even smallest details. Interviewers often consider the condition of your shoes as a way to tell whether you pay attention to detail. To that end, avoid shoes that are not shined or that have run-down heels.
Remember, your competence is not based on what you wear but rather on your business and personal knowledge and skills. Clothing simply allows you to state who you are and helps you to reach your professional goals. Appearance can be a powerful and useful tool in controlling the kind of message you send to others. With a little common sense and attention to details, you can easily make sure that first impression is your best.