Dress to impress how to rock that interview
Interviews can be nerve racking. That first meeting with a potential boss is all about making a good first impression. Believe it or not, you’re being judged not just on your skills but your appearance too. According to Brenda Ferguson Hodges, a California-based image consultant and career coach, it takes just 30 seconds for potential employers to decide whether they will like you or not. Scary, right? Worry not ladies, here’s a Dress to impress ready reckoner to help you look your glammest, professional best. After all, as the adage goes, “You don’t get a second chance at first impressions!”
For your interview it’s a good idea to dress a notch more formal than the general work culture in that particular company or industry.
For instance, while corporate and legal positions would typically require a traditionally professional “suit and tie” approach, e-commerce and tech companies are generally more laidback and “business casual” is enough.
Find that balance between style and comfort to give off great energy and let your true personality shine through.
No matter what kind of interview, these are three absolute outfit taboos: No jeans. No sneakers. And no T-shirts. The idea is to master classy chic. If you look like you could be going to a movie, you’re probably dressed too casual.
Black is the new black. Your go-to colors when in doubt should be the classics: blue, white, and of course, black. Stay away from loud hues like red, purple and orange. They come off too strong, distract attention from you, and subconsciously convey disagreeable messages.
Stick to solid, monochromatic clothing. Keep it simple. Don’t try to get too bold or opt for big, distracting patterns. You don’t want to come across as frivolous, immature or attention-seeking.
Showcase your sparkling personality through some cool accessories; a quirky necklace or a nice pair of shoes. Even a pop of color on your bag can make the dullest ensemble look chic and unique.
Glasses are never a bad idea, as Alyssa Campanella shows us. You can totally pull off the “intellectual beauty” look by pairing your glasses with the right outfit, makeup and hairstyle. In fact, spectacles can add a sultry edge to an otherwise regular outfit.
Shoes are of utmost importance because they guide your strut as you roll into the interviewer’s office. Keep your heels preferably close-toed, solid colored, and at a manageable height. You wouldn’t want to look uncomfortable, or fall head over heels, literally! Your interviewer will be watching your every move, and yes, he will notice your shoes. And your stride.
Make sure your clothes are clean and neatly ironed. Nothing gives away lack of attention to detail more than wrinkled or stained clothing. Make sure your attire fits well and doesn’t look scruffy or overly tight. Both can give the wrong impression.
- Your fingernails should be clean and well-manicured.
- While it’s important that you smell good, deodarant and perfume should be used sparingly so you don’t smell like a rose garden in full bloom.
- Avoid eating an hour before the interview. Your breath should be minty and fresh.
- Jewelry should be subtle and not too flashy.
Your tresses shouldn’t look messy or fall over your face. The super glam Lily Collins exemplifies the ‘loose but clipped back’ hairdo perfect for interviews. Or you could opt for a slick ponytail aka Jessica Lowndes.
Kill them with confidence
Not literally! But confidence is your most important accessory. If you look good, you feel good. So, believe in yourself, and own your look, like the epitome of office perfection that is Alessandra Ambrosio.
By Upasna Javeri