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Dress to impress; how to rock that interview!

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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 how to dress up for an interview & help you look your glammest, professional best.

After all, as the adage goes, “You don’t get a second chance at first impressions!”
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Business Casual

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.

Comfort Is Key

Find that balance between style and comfort to give off great energy and let your true personality shine through.
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Classy Or Nothing

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 Safe

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.
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Simple Yet Sassy

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.

Accessorize For Effect

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.
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Geek Is Also Chic

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.

Deal With Your Heels

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.
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Tress Talk

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.

The Makeup Tutorial

The Grooming Guide

  • 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.
  • Make sure your clothes are clean and neatly ironed.
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