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What To Wear For Interview

Posted on: 20th May 2016 by: Ann Pettengell

You already know it, but first impressions count.  Even though it’s the content of your interview that matters most, prospective employers have naturally formed opinions on sight.  We all do it, even if we don’t mean to.  So, in order to make sure you dress right for interview there are a few guidelines to keep in mind. 

Firstly, make an effort – it does get noticed and is appreciated.  Dressing one level above the job you’re going for is about right - it’s better to be overdressed rather than underdressed.  Prepare your outfit in advance of the day so there are no last-minute disasters.  Make sure you feel comfortable and confident.

Second, be appropriate – skirts and tops shouldn’t be too short or low, ties (and socks) shouldn’t be gimmicky, and heels shouldn’t be perilously high.  Keeping it crisp and simple is best, but it’s ok to add a bit of personality to your outfit so you stand out from the sea of grey suits as long as you keep it subtle.  Limit anything that may be distracting, including the jewellery, perfume/after-shave, bright nail varnishes. 

Lastly, remember the finishing touches – clean hair is a must, shoes should be polished, shirts should be ironed, etc.  

You’ll be glad you made the effort – when you look good you feel good and that’s always a bonus for interviews.

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