The first impression that you make on the interviewer is the most important one. Experts say, the first judgement that the interviewer makes is 80% based on how you present yourself and what you are wearing. Sure, that your interview is not entirely dependent on your attire and looks but if your are well and neatly dressed you are sure to get an edge over others. Here are 5 quick rules on how to dress up for your next interview:
1. Jeans or casuals is a big NO-NO: It really doesn’t matter for what job role you are interviewing or how casual the work environment is, it is always advised to stay away from denim, sports shoes, shorts, t-shirts, hats, flip-flops, overly patterned tie or any t-shirts with messages or brands written on them. Switch to formal trousers, shirts, skirts(not too short), suits for your interviews. It always gives an impression that you are serious about the job you have applied for.
2.Use the iron: Give your clothes to the laundry next door or iron it yourself. Do not go to the interview wearing those wrinkled clothes. That crumpled look would really give a very bad first impression to the interviewer. It is fine when you are hanging out with your friends but when it comes to your interview never go with that wrinkled shirt.
3. Avoid getting too flashy: Try to not to wear very bright colors. Keep it simple but classy. This is your interview, not your bff’s birthday party. It is better to choose subtle patterns over brighter ones, and dark or neutral clothing versus neon colors or anything distracting. Don’t show a lot of skin. This applies to both males and females. Look professional and avoid making the interviewer uncomfortable.
4. Remove all the ‘Extras’: Tattoos, piercings, hats and all the unwanted elements should be removed before going for an interview. You want the interviewer to concentrate on your resume and the excellent capabilities that you have and not on the tattoo that you did last weekend. Cover up the tattoos, take out the piercings and make your hair look as professional as possible. Also, avoid wearing a lot of accessories and too much perfume.
5. Ill fitting clothes: It is always better to wear something that fits you well rather than wearing something too loose or too tight. You will not feel comfortable and that would be visible in the interview process. It is advisable to try your interview outfit some days prior to your interview to avoid messing up the situation later.
“You never get a second chance to make the first impression.” So, make sure that you are well prepared to make a killer first impression and ace it in next your interview.