Getting the right look for the right job
Why the way you look counts...during job interviews
They say looks shouldn’t matter but when it comes to job interviews they UNFORTUNATELY DO!
The old saying ‘never judge a book by its cover’ goes out of the window once you step into that room for your job interview.
It shouldn’t but it does. Accept it.
Those conducting the interview are soaking up or scouting snippets of data about you and - in some cases - things height, clothing, social mannerisms and even odour will count.
Imagine, your deodorant could actually determine whether you land your dream job or not!
Sometimes, it may not even be a conscious decision before we all point our pitchforks at prospective employers.
That’s how important that first impression - and appearance - is.
The outfit you choose must depend on whether you're interviewing at a company with a formal dress code, a casual startup, or for an informal summer job or internship.
Here’s some useful tips that should be adDRESSed:
Before you turn up for the interview, get the tone
If you’re applying for a top-level professional position in an industry in which tailored suits are required, then turning up in something like jeans else could tell the interviewer that you don’t know what’s expected at the workplace, you don’t care and you're simply turning your nose up at the required standards. Likewise, if you’re applying for a job as - for example - a nursery teacher then perhaps avoid wearing something too revealing. Get the tone.
What to wear for a professional interview
For men, this might mean a suit jacket with a shirt and tie, or a sweater and button down. For women, this might also mean a smart suit, a blouse and dress pants or a statement dress. Be smart and be professional.
What to wear for a non-professional interview
If your job interview is for informal work environment, you might wear a business casual outfit. They maybe less formal than a suit, but they are also more professional and polished than, say, a t-shirt and shorts or a sundress and sandals.
What to wear for a casual interview
If your job interview is say at a startup company, then rather than simply turning up in a black suit and dress shoes, perhaps go for something that is relaxed but still presentable. Maybe something like a relaxed-fit khakis, dark-wash jeans, and a nice top, for example.
I’m still at school or college; does what I wear matters?
In short, yes. While school pupils or college students may dress casually in the classroom, they should dress professionally when interviewing for a professional job or internship. A less formal approach could be acceptable when applying for things like campus positions or informal work placements.
The same goes for Internships. They are still an important part of career development, and like any job, acing your interview is one part of getting the position you want.