Sometimes, what you wear to an interview is more important than your actual credentials. It may seem unfair, but an interviewer will first judge you on how you look and what you’re wearing. Come underdressed and you may not be taken seriously. Come overdressed and you may appear as trying too hard.
Before you start getting dressed for an interview, it’s important to first identify the type of company you’re interviewing with. Is it a supermarket or corporate office? Design studio or bank? Each company has its own unique culture and you must do your research in order to set a good first impression.
Here are a few other fashion tips to help you look and feel confident during your interview:
- Coordinate colors. It’s a no-brainer, but make sure you coordinate colors with your outfit. Men should always wear ties that match their shirts and women should never wear the same color on top and bottom unless it’s black. If you can’t decide on a color, remember — blue, gray, black and red are the most common.
- Update your wardrobe. If you haven’t updated your wardrobe in years, now’s the time. Wearing a suit or dress from the last decade can say a lot about who you are as a person and leave a bad first impression. Your personality is conveyed through your outfit, so dress accordingly!
- Be subtle. Remember, it’s better to safe than sorry. Some companies may not be very fond of your purple hair or nose piercing, so if you can, leave that stuff at home. You always want to be remembered for your skills, not your appearance.