HOW TO DRESS UP FOR A JOB INTERVIEW?

Finally, the phone rang… It was the HR of the Company you applied for an interview. Your occasion is here, right in front of you! Don’t panic. I know what you’re thinking: what should I say? What should I not say? But above all: what’s the right look for a job interview?

See, my friends, this is not a dumb question at all. On the contrary: it’s very important, because it’s from your dress that the interviewer will make its first ideas about you.

Chill girls you do not risk to look like vanity if you care for your look on this important occasion. If you show off the right outfit, you will have many more chances of success. I tell you right away why.

We grew up with this phrase that stood out in our mind: “The dress doesn’t count, they have to see the person I am!”. Right? Wrong? Both!

Surely the most important thing during the interview is you and only you: your talent, your skills, what you can offer to the Company with your job, your value added, but don’t forget that before they know you… They watch you!

Your appearance is your business card, that’s it! You like it or not. If you look good, they wanna get to know you.

You’d never enter through an ugly door, but if you see a beautiful door you’ll wander: what the inside’d looks like? Keep in mind that most recruiters make their first impression from your look, so build your strategy and go for it!

PERSONAL CARE

It’s from the care and cleaning of your appearance that they’ll understand you are a precise, reliable person and if you pay attention to details. So, before going for the dress, first things first: personal care!

You have to be as clean as possible. Is important to shower right before going to your appointment. Being fresh and clean will make you feel more comfortable as well as giving a good impression.

Wash your hand right before you enter the room for the interview. The first thing you’ll have to do is to shake the interviewer’s hand, so your hands must be clean and not sweaty.

Nails must be perfectly neat and clean, maybe book a manicure the day before the interview. Remember not to use too bright or aggressive colors glaze. The tones from transparent to pink/light beige will be perfect. I suggest to choose for vegan nail polish such as Zoya, one of the best brand on the market!

Zoya nail polish 100% vegan

Wash your hair because it must be in order, not wet or with too many products. If you can go and do a styling at the salon.

The hairstyle should not be too conspicuous, hair loose or collected will be fine.

Having a good smell is essential, but be careful not to overdo it. You can use some perfume or scented creams provided that the smell is not too intense or intrusive and persistent.

Having a fresh breath is just as important so brush your teeth thoroughly and don’t forget that it is forbidden to chew a mint or chewing gum during the interview… That’s not polite and horrible when you talk!

Turn off your phone and do not show up with bottles of water, thermos etc… You would seem too comfortable and that’s not the impression you want to give.

Now, that said let’s go on with the clothes.

THE SUIT DOESN’T MAKE THE MAN?

Quite the opposite my dears! In this case the dress totally makes the woman. It is in the first seconds, in fact, that the recruiter frames the candidate and makes a first impression, from which it will be very difficult to move away if it is the wrong one.

For this reason it is important to play your cards at best from the beginning: from appearance. We will have time during the interview to also assert our capabilities.

The winning weapon is to wear clothes that we feel comfortable in and respect the dress code of the company for which we are candidates. In addition, did you know that clothes have the power to influence the perception of oneself? It’s called enclothed cognition.

What we wear is able to influence the way in which we perceive ourselves and, consequently, how we stand before others.

At a job interview your first goal is to give a good impression of yourself at first glance and you can nail that by wearing appropriate clothes and showing a well-groomed appearance.

Small details say a lot about you, that’s why it’s so important to take care of them at their best. That’s why paying attention to them has become an essential factor in the world of work.

These details are clues to the order, accuracy and reliability that recruiters seek on the lantern.

To come back to enclothed cognition the dress itself has its own symbolic value. Given that clothes and accessories can be considered an extension of one’s personality, they’re able to reflect the idea that everyone has of himself and influence self-esteem, mood and, consequently, behavior.

Depending on the type of ambient and where the work will take place you will have to choose a suitable look, then more classic and elegant for office positions and, perhaps, slightly more extravagant if it is a creative work, but always sparingly.

First of all, color is an extremely important component for the choice of clothes and accessories. Not exceed wearing bright colors or too extravagant accessories is always good advice.

Orange is considered the worst color to wear for a job interview, followed by red and pink. So save these colors for outings with friends or shopping or parties or whatever but job interview.

I hope there is no need to say that the crumpled and stained clothes are unacceptable at a job interview as well as excessively casual clothing and too much skin on display. Definitely no deep necklines or provocative slits and miniskirts… We are not there to seduce anyone ^_^!

Sticking to these simple basic rules let’s see what outfits we can wear on the day of the interview.

YOUR PRESONAL DRESS CODE FOR A JOB INTERVIEW

The world of work is certainly not an easy one, especially for women. It’s not fair, but it’s a fact and we have to face it at our best, showing how good we are in our job. When you believe in yourself it’s easier to make others believe in you too! Have you ever noticed it? So don’t forget your confidence on your way to your job interview… That’d be always a valid rule!

The job interview is about choosing the discretion not to divert attention from more important things, like your talent. Because we are worth ^_^!

OK, after this injection of trust let’s go on with clothing.

You are free to choose between trousers, skirts or dresses just follow the rules we already talked about. If you choose trousers, then, I suggest opting for a tailored pair, because it draws well the figure making it elegant, also they are so much better than wide trousers or too skinny jeans.

There is really something for everyone. Take a look at the extravagant trousers I found for you: the cut is not classic, it is a bit extravagant, but of great effect and elegance, for those of you that want to be different, but always appropriate 😉

If you are not that brave just opt for what makes you feel comfortable. Remember that to choose the right trousers, think that it must be the equivalent of a perfect suit. Classic cut, timeless, elegant. Or go on the safe wearing a coordinated trouser suit directly!

Complete your outfit with a button up and a jacket that fits you perfectly, so you will feel comfortable and you will not be distracted by things like the dress that pulls you. That’s because you have to be focused on the interview and not be distracted by anything else, by the way, turn off your cell phone so that will not distract your attention from the recruiter, plus it’s a polite move!

You are not really a trousers person? In that case you can also opt for a dress (with a pact that fits you well, is not too tight and in which you feel comfortable) matched with a tailored jacket.

Wanna wear the skirt? Tip on the lengths like a pencil skirt or a longuette or a coordinated skirt suit. That’s because a short skirt is not the right way to make them understand how much you’re worth, how much you have to say and to demonstrate without resorting to these tricks… You’ll have the chance to show more skin in a disco or in a club 😉

As for shoes, a mid-heeled pumps are always good. Avoid killer heels and sandals: it is good to cover your toes on this occasion!

About colors: black is always a safe choice, but not mandatory: there are a lot of colors that are good for a job interview. You could opt for navy blue, gray, beige or powder color and their shades. There’s plenty of time to wear all the brilliant colors you may like, but not at a job interview… Check my post about the most fashionable colors of 2018!

THE DECALOGUE TO AVOID MISTAKES

Now you really know everything about presenting yourself for a job interview. Let’s briefly recap the ten rules to be followed to be impeccable at a job interview:

  1. Make sure the clothes are clean and ironed
  2. Avoid visibly too tight clothes that do not fit your body
  3. Avoid the colors too bright
  4. Avoid accessories and jewels too showy, or perfumes and aftershave too persistent
  5. Wear clean and non-worn shoes. Not to wear excessively high heels and sandals
  6. Be sure to wear a belt that is consistent with the outfit and possibly matched with the color of the shoes
  7. Introduce yourself with hair in order
  8. Make sure you have your hands treated keeping in mind that they are the part of the body most exposed during the interview
  9. Consider that informal talks do not exist. In doubt it is better to “exceed with formality”
  10. Give the best of you being yourself

… Fingers crossed and good luck! I hope this post has been useful to you. If you have questions or want to add something, feel free to leave a comment below. See you next time!

Arianna

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Here’s my personal clothes selection to be perfect on a job interview:

8 thoughts on “HOW TO DRESS UP FOR A JOB INTERVIEW?

  1. I couldn’t agree more, dress to impress, not only that but look good, feel good.First impressions count and they also last. You have written some excellent advice, it sound simple but so many people get it wrong for an interview. The pictures are good, really good site.

  2. I love all the great suggestions here and the visuals to go with it. Definitely going to refer to this next time I am headed to a job interview!

  3. With job interviews, I try not to overdress because people can tell when you’re trying too hard. I try to at least go with something comfortable. Obviously, jeans are a no-no. I try to wear some dress slacks. I usually wear dark grey ones. Along with a dress shirt. A button up one. However, shoes I never know what to wear. Can you give me some pointers on shoes? Maybe colors that go together.

    1. Hello Garen! Thanks for asking me questions about the shoes.

      If you choose a blue navy for the dress/suit I would go with nude or powder pink shoes… So classy! A grey dress/suit allows you to match with bordeaux, dark green, ocher or brown shoes… to add a little sober color. For a beige dress/suit black, bordeaux or brown shoes are good. For a black suit either nude or black shoes.

      About the materials of the shoes free to nappa and fabric, better to avoid shiny paints and metallic finish, they are very trendy but not quite low profile as you are supposed to be at a job interview!

      Hope that helped ^_^

      Arianna

  4. Yes I definitely agree that first impressions are soooo important… But I’ve never thought about washing my hands right before the interview! I guess I always shake hands with my sweaty palms! Geez…. thank you for such an informative and comprehensive article!

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