Job interviews can turn even the calmest and most collected individual into a nervous wreck. It’s a big deal, getting the job could be the start of something great. Making a good first impression is essential and one way this can be achieved is through what you wear. A common choice for an interview is the ubiquitous grey suit, but is it really that simple?
Every workplace has its own unique culture, and the dress code is part of this. Try to match your style to what other people in the business are wearing. Don’t panic if you have not visited the premises and have no idea what they wear, the internet is here to help! Start by checking the company website; are there any pictures of the team? You could check employee LinkedIn profiles, as well as the company Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. This should give you a good idea of the culture and of what is appropriate to wear. However, if you are still undecided, it is best to stick to a more formal dress code.
Ensure that you feel comfortable and confident in what you are wearing. Make sure that whatever you wear fits you well. Being uncomfortable and fidgeting can make you appear more nervous. If you overheat easily, make sure that you wear layers so that you can remove a layer if needed. If nerves play a big part in your behaviour, try taking a natural remedy to help you calm down, a good example of this are Rescue Pastilles by Bach, a combination of flower essences that provide a calming feeling.
Don’t get confused between feeling confident and feeling sexy! Avoid high heels and heavy makeup. You need to demonstrate your professionalism and understanding of what is appropriate in a work environment.
While bright colours, such as the current trendy mustard, might be your favourite colour that you feel best represents your personality, think about how such a bold fashion choice could represent you as a candidate. It may be appropriate in some cases, but in others it may not be which will very much depend on the workplace culture. On the other hand, wearing black can be just as much of a statement as a bright colour. Black could be seen as too dramatic or much too formal.
Greys and blues are much more of a safe bet. They both offer connotations of sophistication, won’t clash and most importantly, will not steal the show or overshadow you, when you are answering questions. If you are feeling brave, an interesting colour to experiment with is red. Reds are associated with energy, passion, desire and power. However it is also associated with aggression! A good way to use red could be to accessorise with a red tie or bag. When it comes to your shirt it is best to stick to white. A white shirt does not draw any attention away from the interview. A crisp white shirt echoes cleanliness and precision.
Be very careful when it comes to perfumes and aftershave. What you have lathered yourself in may smell great to you, but not so great to others. Your sense of smell is heavily linked to your memory and emotions. A smell that resonates positively with you can be repulsive to somebody else so go carefully with your choice.
Ensure that you pay attention to the little details. Small imperfections can say a lot about what sort of person you are. Don’t let the following let you down.
It is definitely a good idea to have a dress rehearsal prior to the day of your interview. This gives you time to make any necessary changes.
If you need any additional advice or guidance surrounding the interview process, Sapience HR would be more than happy to help. Just give us a call on 01736 399384.