When it comes to job seeking advice and recruiters’ recommendations on how to rock a job interview, there are countless articles and pieces teaching us everything from conceiving an attractive resume to answering trick questions. Sometimes specialists disagree on some matters, but they do share a common, universal opinion: dressing up properly for a job interview is mandatory.
It is true, one would have to be hired based on experience, knowledge, skills and attitude, but a well-chosen attire can make a powerful first impression. Women have plenty of expert resources to learn from when it comes to what shoes not to wear and what colors not to sport, but today we will go deeper into the matter. We will see more tips and tricks to take into consideration when you meet your prospective employer for the first time.
Interview Outfits Tips and Tricks
In the world of headhunting and recruiting, specialists managed to narrow down a few tips and tricks on how to choose the best interview outfit.
You Should Always Look Clean, Neat, And Tidy
Everything should be ironed, picture perfect and flawless, no matter what shirt, skirt, trousers, or shoes you wear. If you show up with the slightest loose seam or button, the smallest spot of dirt, rumpled clothes or dusty shoes, it won’t matter how much money you spent on them. You will make the wrong impression. Even if you wear casual outfits with jeans and sneakers, your clothes should be fit and impeccable.
Dress According To The Company’s Internal Policy On Office Dressing
If they have the casual laidback Friday all week long, a casual look will do. If they insist on formal and conventional corporate attire, you should also don one yourself.
Always Dress Up One Or Two Levels Higher Than The Job Position You Applied For
This is a trick recommended by head hunters. Dressing up above the job level shows respect, high standards, self-esteem, and vision.
Go All Black
A little black dress, as we all know, can be formal, casual, seductive, elegant, street-smart, or romantic, depending on the model you choose and the numerous ways to accessorize it. The little black dress is a staple of elegance, femininity, and simple sophistication no matter where you take it. For a casual and laid back interview, pick a cocktail-length black dress and pair it with flat shoes or oxfords, some colored accessories or metallic ones and a cute purse that fits in the outfit.
Make sure you don’t look like you are about going bar hopping, though! For a formal interview, the same little black dress can be accompanied by a pair of classy high-heeled stilettos and a cardigan or a jacket in a warm, friendly color. As for accessories, a formal outfit asks for pearls in white, pink, champagne hues, lavender or aqua blue. Pearls make the most elegant and refined pieces of jewelry, and they compliment a business outfit, highlighting your refined personality, taste, and deep knowledge of good investments. Whatever pearls you choose to wear with your little black dress, make sure they compliment and highlight your skin tone.
Go For A Monochrome Outfit
You can try a monochrome outfit in a light pastel color to look neat, tidy and elegant without much of an effort. Pick a sweet shade like cream, ivory or eggshell in earthly nuances or bolder ones that are highly fashionable nowadays: mint, salmon pink, lavender, tangerine or Pantone’s Serenity blue. Monochromatic outfits are adaptable to both casual and formal outfits and can be styled up further with proper accessories. When it comes to pastels, you should go for warmer overtones, like bronze, deep gold, copper, as flashy metals and gems like silver, white gold or Zirconia tend to clash against whites and light pastels.
“You can recognize a true lady by her shoes”
Victorians used to say it, and this axiom is still true today. A true lady is allowed to wear cheap clothes and still be a lady if she wears classy, neat and elegant shoes. What matters the most at your interview is to have comfortable shoes that fit perfectly with your overall look. Some shoes should be avoided at all costs, as we said before, while others can be adapted to the overall theme.
Landing a job is not easy, but it is possible with the right attitude, the level of expertise, knowledge, intelligence and even a bit of humor. Dressing up for the interview may feel complicated and risky, but you can follow some of these guidelines and make a memorable first impression!
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