You only get one chance to make a first impression, and it’s important to remember that when you are going for a job interview. Your interviewer might already have an opinion of you based on your resume and any information you provided, but when you walk through that door, that is a make-or-break moment. And while more than half of it is in the way you act and talk, your wardrobe choices are crucial if you don’t want to ruin your chances. So, here are some tips to help you nail your next job interview, no matter the situation.
Literally no job in the world wants you to be dirty or smell bad or look raggedy. So, the first thing you have to do is polish up and make sure you look put together. You don’t have to invest a lot of money, and get a new hairstyle or professional makeup done, just make sure your hair is clean, combed through and styled, that you are freshly showered with a touch of fragrance (never too much!) and that all of your clothes are clean and pressed. No half-chipped manicures, ripped tights or dirty shoes allowed. The way you treat yourself and your clothes is a reflection of how you are going to treat the job, so make sure you’re reassuring them that you are put-together and polished.
Dress for the job you want
When the interviewer first sees you, you want them to see the person who could take over the job you’re after right that moment, which means that you need to look the part. If you’re applying to intern in a law firm, then get your best pencil skirt or power suit on and go impress. But if you’re applying to work as a personal trainer in the gym, then a pair of jeans and a sporty T-shirt is all you need, because it shows you’re ready to be active and jump in to do some exercise.
Balance the look
You don’t want your interviewer to think that you look like you came out of a cookie cutter. Yes, looking professional and fit for the job is the first requirement, but putting in your personality and a touch of something different is what will make you look more approachable and stylish. If you are applying for a semi-formal job, then skip the formalwear and put on a pair of biker jeans with a white shirt for a perfectly balanced look. You can also mix it up with different accessories, unpredictable shoes or bags.
Don’t mess with makeup
While it’s fine to show your style and uniqueness through your outfit, it’s not really a good idea to do it with makeup. All makeup except for minimal, natural makeup can cause a bad reaction with someone who doesn’t agree with it. They are looking at your face the whole time and if they deem your cat-eye or your lipstick too extreme, it might reflect negatively on the result you’re going for.
How to budget
A lot of young people, especially if they are job hunting for the first time, will be in a dilemma about how much money to spend. Formal clothes might not be something they would wear before this, and when you walk into a serious store – the prices are ten times what you’re used to. So how much should you spend? You definitely want to stay away from the cheap clothes, because it will show – in the materials, in the fit and in everything else. However, you don’t have to buy an $8000 suit just yet. Go for the more expensive shelves in fast-fashion stores, which will be a lot better quality than the discount rack but much cheaper than the professional clothing stores. Also try your chances online, because you can find amazing pieces at a fraction of what you would pay in store.
Most importantly, feel confident in what you are wearing, because if you keep thinking about how something is jabbing into your rib, cutting into your waist or itching all over your arms, you won’t be able to focus on your answers and you’ll be fidgety – neither of which is a good look for an interview. So just try the outfit out beforehand, make sure you feel completely comfortable in it, both physically and mentally and you will do great. And if you’re not sure what the company policy on clothing is, a little bit of social media stalking of the employees never hurt!