Dress For Success
It’s all good and well curating your own personal style for time outside of the workplace, but you should really cast an eye over your professional wardrobe from time to time too. If you have an interview, first impressions really do count and one of the ways that employers will determine how seriously you’re taking your application will be through how well kept you are when you turn up to your interview. The average person also works eight hours a day, five days a week, so it’s a good idea to start stocking up for your professional wardrobe regardless! Here are a few things to focus on in the lead up to an interview in order to dress for success!
Read Through Correspondence
When you receive confirmation of an interview, it’s important to read through any correspondence thoroughly. Sometimes hiring managers will explicitly state what you will be expected to wear to the interview. If there aren’t any notes regarding dress code, you may have to use a little initiative. If you are applying to work as an assistant in a fashion store, try to put together a look that aligns with the brand’s aesthetic – smart casual tends to be best. However, if you are going for a corporate role, it’s highly likely that you’re really going to have to spruce up and present yourself as a professional in smart business wear.
Shirt and Tie
Generally speaking, you can’t really go wrong with a shirt and tie. It’s smart. It shows that you mean business. It’s standard working attire. A white shirt generally proves best. Then, just make sure that you don’t go too wild with your tie options. Avoid novelty ties or excessively bright colours. It is generally best to be subtle, yet stylish.
No matter how much you might like your jeans or how much you might try to convince yourself that they look like smart trousers, they’re not smart trousers. You’re going to have to invest in a pair of well-cut trousers to head to your interview. Generally speaking, black is a safe colour to go for. It is practical and the trousers will match more shirts and ties in the long run too.
Shoes can make or break an outfit. If you have a top quality suit on, but a second rate, battered shoes, your overall first impression is going to take a hit. So, invest in a good quality of shoes from Thomas Bird shoes. These are smart and they are bound to have a lot of wear in them, meaning that you can get use out of them time and time again when you actually land the job role you apply for!
Remember to groom yourself before your interview too. Being well dressed is important, but there’s no point investing all this effort if you’re going to turn up with unkempt hair, scruffy facial hair, and looking grubby. So, shower, shave or trim your beard and tash, and do your hair.
Remember that there are likely to be plenty of candidates with similar skills to you. So you need to try to make a good impression in other ways too! Dressing to impress is just one thing that you can do to present yourself as a good potential employee.