Times are tough right now. That’s why if you’re fortunate enough to secure a job interview you need to make sure that you’re perfect.
Besides having a stellar resume and doing some research on your perspective employer, you need to have the right look.
Before we go much further, different jobs have different dress codes. A career in finance, for example, will call for more of a power suit, while a creative job, such as in media, allows you some more freedom. If you’re unsure about the dress code it’s perfectly acceptable to call and ask. It’s not a sign of weakness, but one of respect. If you’re in doubt, always stay on the conservative side. It’s better to be overdressed than under-dressed.
While being properly groomed and wearing a suit seems like common sense, sometimes you just forget the small stuff. So, to help you land a job, here are 5 significant tips on how to dress for a job interview.
Make sure that you’ve trimmed your fingernails, you’re clean shaven and that you have a traditional haircut.
This haircut includes a classic taper or basic business man’s haircut, meaning short on the sides and back, but long enough for some versatility when not interviewing. You should get a haircut several days before the interview so that your hair can settle, or, allows you time to get another haircut if you’re not satisfied. Remember, make sure your hair is clean and avoid trendy and wet looks.
Your hair will grow back, so it’s best to bite the bullet and have a haircut that is appealing to the interviewer.
2. The Suit
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a suit for a job interview, because you want to keep it simple.
Stick with a solid and conservative suit that are preferably dark in color, like black, navy blue or charcoal. If you’re using a suit that you already own, make sure it’s in good condition, like having no wear in the thighs or loose buttons. Also, it should definitely be dry cleaned and pressed.
3. The Shirt and Tie
Don’t get too complicated when choosing a shirt.
Again, keep it simple by wearing a long-sleeve white shirt that is either straight collar, tab collar or button down. White provides the perfect canvas for your suit and tie. Other colors can work, such as blue, but you want your tie to be your personal statement.
Speaking of ties, you should wear a modest and conservative pattern tie. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to be afraid of color. A blue or burgundy silk necktie with small patterns are timeless and popular.
Remember, your tie shouldn’t be too loud or colorful, should coordinate with your suit and should never ever contain cartoons or symbols. Finally, make sure that it’s tied and located properly, which means that the tip of the wide end should touch your belt buckle.
Sticking with conservative, leather shoes is always a good decision.
A lace up cap toe in black is recommended, but there are other shoes you can consider. Just make sure to steer clear of loafers, since they’re too causal, and that they don’t have rounded heels or overly worn soles, which shows that you don’t care, so why would someone hire you.
Finally, make sure that your shoes are clean and polished.
5. The Accessories
Now comes the accessories that will complete your attire.
Make sure that you have a belt that matches your shoes. So, a black belt if you have black shoes. Your socks should stay with the basics, meaning that they’re dark, black preferably. Finally, wear little or no jewelry, you don’t want to distract your perspective employer with flashy jewelry.
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