A job interview can be the start of a brand new career, but is not void of the usual panic, nerves, or anxiety. It is incredibly important to appear composed and confident, professional yet comfortable. Achieving this delicate combination can be difficult, and possibly detrimental if not successful. Neronote can help with the small details, such as what to wear (and what not to wear!) to help get you on your way to professional success.
Type of role:
It is always important to consider the type of role you are applying for before you create you outfit. Those interviewing for executive of high management roles are more expected to wear formal attire, with a plain white shirt and smart looking suit. It is recommended that jewellery should be modest and not distract the interviewer. Remember, first impressions can set the tone for the entire interview, so it is important not to come off as too strong.
If applying for more creative roles, either in media or a casual environment, an interview is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate some of your unique personality. Creatives aren’t necessarily bound by the same restrictions of conventional interviews and can therefore experiment by appearing in a patterned or checked shirt. It is often a difficult balance to have, but can work wonders if pulled off effectively. Try complementing your causal shirt with a smart pair of trousers and nice shoes. Remember, it is still important to look professional and respectable.
What to NEVER wear:
Despite the importance of expressing yourself, you should never dress so informally that your outfit is dirty or torn, and that you still wear the standard shirt/dark trousers combination. Jewellery should generally be avoided, with the exception of a watch and perhaps a bracelet. Of course, outside of sartorial control, it is always vital to make sure you are well-groomed and well-rested. Never go with novelty ties or trainers, and don’t even think about overly colourful blazers or ‘smart’ shorts. It can immediately set the wrong message and compromise your chance of getting the job of your dreams.
Finally, take note of certain ‘must-dos’ that will be sure to impress your interviewer regardless of the role or outfit you chose. Greet with a firm handshake and smile, appear interested and inquisitive, and do your research on the company before! They will always be impressed by your knowledge on the company, culture, social media, and future plans before you enter the room. Finally, have a question prepared for the end of the interview so you appear to be engaged and enthusiastic toward the prospect of working at the organisation.
Good luck for next exciting journey ahead.
Source Total Jobs