How to Land the Job Before You Even Speak

So, you graduated from a renowned university with countless awards, certifications and a GPA worthy of a gold star, but your less than impressive sense of style is ruining your chances of acing that job interview. Don’t fret, you will be dressing the part of a boardroom maven in no time!

While maybe a little unfair, the universal truth is that your appearance dictates the first impression you leave on anyone, especially when you’re faced with a potential employer. What statement do you want to make – you mean business OR you can’t even wrangle your life in enough to put together a tidy, appropriate outfit?

Did you know that a recent study found that 37% of job applicants are rejected because their clothing was deemed inappropriate by their prospective interviewers? While you may have all the qualifications of this prospective job opportunity, looking the part of the qualified, polished applicant can send your confidence levels soaring. If you feel good about your appearance, attire and what your resume will reveal about your impressive accomplishments, those pre-interview nervous jitters will be banished and you’ll be giving the best interview performance of your life.

Stuart and Double C Coaching are revealing some simple, yet powerful tips on how to dress for success – leaving a strong impression on the interviewer, boosting your self-confidence and skyrocketing your chances of getting hired.

 

Prepping for a Job Interview: Dress to Impress

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Dress According to Business Culture

Do a bit of research on the nature of your job and put some thought into how your job function should influence what your attire should be. If possible, swing by their office casually or visit the company website to get an idea of the workplace culture and what others wear to the office.  As the saying goes, “Dress for the job you want.”

For instance, if you are applying for a nurse post or daycare center, wearing heels might not be good idea, as the job involves a lot of movement, hustle and time on your feet – opt for a pair of sensible flats instead. Looking for a job that encourages creativity and requires artistic sense? Spice up your outfit with vibrant colored clothing or accessories, instead of corporate colors and showcase your flair for the creative. If you are applying for a makeup artist position, your own makeup should demonstrate your skills and look polished and wearable. Your clothing and makeup choices should demonstrate that you are fit and qualified for the position you are seeking.

Choosing An Outfit

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When deciding on what outfit or dress to choose, lean more towards conservative. Avoid anything that is revealing or could leave you with an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction mid-interview. Leave your casual wear at home – no jeans, sneakers or graphic tees. Structured tops that have at least a cap sleeve, pencil skirts, pantsuits and sheath dresses are all staple job interview attire.

You are allowed to express your personality through your wardrobe choices, even while going for a job interview. Work in some vibrancy, by breaking up a neutral suit with a pop of color in the way off a colorful blouse or scarf. Avoid neon colors, as these are hardly flattering for any skin tone.

Shoes need not be altogether boring, but make sure they are cohesive with your outfit. Avoid any open-toed footwear. If in doubt, a closed toed pair or neutral pumps are always a safe choice. Ensure that you have practiced walking in them and are comfortable with the heel height you have chosen.

After choosing your outfit, make sure all pieces are clean and free from any wrinkles. Your dress shoes or heels should be clean and not visible scuffed.

Choose the Right Fit

Your overall appearance should have a tidy, polished and professional look. Choose clothing that fits well and is in good condition. Ill-fitting clothing can you leave you looking sloppy, not to mention if you are uncomfortable in your clothing, that will translate into your body language. Pants too tight? Not only will this look unflattering, but you will be left fidgeting and losing concentration. If you have trouble finding clothing that fit your body shape, consider visiting a tailor to have your clothing professionally fitted.

Accessorizing Your Perfect Look

Jewelry should complement your clothing, but not overwhelm it. Leave your statement piece necklace that looked glamorous during your girl’s night at home. Opt for tasteful pieces that are classic in design, nothing flashy. When in doubt, less is more. Avoid any jewelry that makes a lot of noise as you move (think how distracting that bangle set will be to your interviewer, while you’re trying to explain why you’re the perfect candidate for the job). Wearing a tasteful wrist watch is a great idea, as it will allow you to have a peek at the time without whipping out your smartphone, which could leave a poor impression on your interviewer. If you’re interviewing for a position in fashion, research the latest trends and pick one to work into your ensemble in a fitting way.

Your makeup choices should make you look polished and refreshed. Avoid dark eye makeup or very heavy blusher. Think of makeup as a tool to enhance your natural beauty and keep the attention on you, not any glaring makeup snafus.

When deciding how to style your hair, think of timeless styles. A sleek up-do or polished ponytail is always office appropriate. Have curly hair? Banish any frizz with a styling crème and use a curling iron to tame any wayward strands.

Consider going for a manicure or giving yourself a spa experience at home with a DIY treatment. Nails should be clean and trimmed to an appropriate length. If you choose to polish your nails, opt for a nude or natural polish color.

Each workplace has a different tolerance of visible tattoos and piercings. If you have any doubt what your prospective workplace’s policy might be, assume it is more conservative. Dress to cover any visible tattoos and wear minimal facial jewelry.

Make Up, Hair & Hygiene

Your makeup choices should make you look polished and refreshed. Avoid dark eye makeup or very heavy blusher. Think of makeup as a tool to enhance your natural beauty and keep the attention on you, not any glaring makeup snafus.

When deciding how to style your hair, think of timeless styles. A sleek up-do or polished ponytail is always office appropriate. Have curly hair? Banish any frizz with a styling crème and use a curling iron to tame any wayward strands.

Consider going for a manicure or giving yourself a spa experience at home with a DIY treatment. Nails should be clean and trimmed to an appropriate length. If you choose to polish your nails, opt for a nude or natural polish color.

When choosing a fragrance, go for something subtle. Wearing a heavy, overpowering perfume is never office appropriate.

Bottom Line

Dress according to your business culture and the position you are applying for. Keep the above tips in mind while choosing your outfit, but always make sure that you feel comfortable in what you are wearing. You want to feel self-confident and your clothing choices are a great way to boost that confidence and allow you to be your true self. After you give a wonderful first impression, be sure to communicate effectively, keep proper posture and be mindful of your body language and always be confident in yourself and what skills and attributes you possess. Good luck (not that you’ll need it)!

 

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