No Excuses: Here's How You Need To Dress For A Job Interview

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

What you wear matters.

Have I said that enough times recently? Good, I'll say it some more because it might be the most important thing you read today. What you wear- how you present yourself to the world- matters, & that includes in the workplace. 

It takes seven seconds to form a first impression, which is barely enough time to get out the words “Hi, my name is...” In those seconds, a judgement has already been made about you, and if you aren’t dressed like you should be you might as well kiss the job opportunity goodbye. You can say there shouldn’t be as much of a focus on looks, but that’s the way it is. 

So how should you dress if you want to land the job? 

First things first in prepping for any interview:

RESEARCH THE COMPANY! See if they have a particular dress code going in. You don't necessarily have to strictly adhere to it for the interview, but it will give you a sense of what they're looking for in an employee & you can dress accordingly. 

When prepping your outfit, you'll want to take a conservative approach. Leave the body-con dress for another day, and take caution with neck & hemlines. 

Let heels be two inches to three AT MOST. 

If you're going for a print, don't go wild. A simple floral or stripe will suffice. 

The conservative approach should be applied when looking at makeup as well- save the falsies for after. Though this less is more attitude should be the norm when it comes to the workplace, it's often not, or it's forgotten along the way, and I've seen it in real life. The thing is that in the end you're going to be taken more seriously if you look the part, so it's time to suck it up and look like you mean business. 

This doesn't mean you have to abandon your personal style- you can find little ways to implement it in if higher necks & longer hemlines aren't a part of your normal look. I'd utilize pinterest (how many times can I say that) and search 'job interview outfit' and then your style type attached. 

In any case, the same basic rules apply when choosing how to dress for a job interview.

Use this as a guide if you're unsure or need a refresher, and GET THAT POSITION!


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