Thank you to everyone for your kind words regarding my post on creating the perfect CV. Some of you have asked the next all important question – what do you wear to an interview?
If you don’t have the right outfit on to an interview, you could lose the job without even saying one single word. If you don’t take pride in your appearance on that one day – how can someone interviewing you have confidence that you will take pride in your work? It is that simple.
Men : So for men it is always easy – you can’t go wrong with a business suit. Black is just a tad too formal and very much like you are attending a funeral rather than a job interview so maybe go for a dark grey colour.
Make sure your socks match – and are not white – yes men you heard me. The only place to see white on a man is a nice crisp white shirt.
A nice tie to compliment the suit and voila the man is now dressed for an interview.
Ladies: it is always hardest for us. A suit is perfect whether it is skirt or pants suit. But please make sure your skirt is not too short – too short and you could be interviewing for the wrong job.
Picking the right colour is not as hard as you think – go for a business colour, such as black, brown or grey. Never go with the current fashion trend when it comes to interviews unless your job requires such as thing. If you do wear a skirt and are wearing tights – bring an extra pair – just in case.
If you are wearing a shirt or blouse – wearing a long sleeve blouse is most professional as it will help convey a professional look. Dresses are fine for an interview, but be careful not too be too dressy or even too casual.
When it comes to accessories and an interview less is more. Limit the amount of jewellery that you are wearing. Avoid over using perfume - too much can knock someone out. But also, and something most people don’t think about – the person interviewing you could be allergic to your perfume. I am this person, I sneeze at everything so watch out. Closed shoes and make sure your heels are not too high.
Take your time to pick out the perfect outfit. Take time and don’t leave it until the last minute.
The Rules are simple and can be summarised like this
- Wear a suit – dark blue / grey work best. Black is too formal.
- Nice crisp white shirt
- Tie that compliments that your suit – should be long enough to go to your belt.
- Shiny Shoes
- No white socks – go for a block colour e.g black or grey. Patterns can be a little too stand out.
- If you wear a skirt – make sure it is below your knee
- Long Sleeve blouse portrays more professionalism.
- Basic colours work best - black, grey or navy.
- Avoid on trend items unless appropriate to the job you are applying for.
- Bring extra tights / pantyhose just in case
- Don’t over accessorize,
- Not too much perfume,
- Not too much make up.
I hope that you have enjoyed this edition of Fashion Friday meets Career Day - if you have any feedback feel free to email me or leave a comment.