What you should wear for a job interview

First impressions can be lasting and what you wear to a job interview can either positively or negatively affect your chances of getting the job.

Firstly, it is essential to remember that your social image and your professional image are two different things and communicating a social presence may result in your interviewer making a snap judgement that could prevent you from succeeding. Certain items might suggest that you do not take pride in your appearance or convey that you are not respectful to the company to who you are applying for a job.

It is also important to dress “appropriately”. For example, if you want to work in an environment that creates artistic products, your interviewer may expect you to wear something with a creative flair. If you are dressed in a smart suit, not only will you feel uncomfortable, but your interviewer may also think that you are not the right person for the job.

There are obvious items that should be avoided when attending a job interview. These would include:

· Flip flops or trainers

· Visible undergarments (such as bra straps or boxer shorts)

· Shorts

· Jeans

· Skirts that are too short

· Low rise trousers

· Low cut blouses

When you first meet your interviewer, you want to make a strong and positive first impression. However, there are some things which may actually cause a distraction. Smell, for example, is a strong sensory experience; it can remind a person of someone or something, negative or positive, or can simply be a smell that is displeasing. Therefore, wearing no perfume or aftershave is often the best option.

Your definition of trendy may be vastly different from that of your interviewer. Err on the side of caution when selecting your interview outfit. Visit outlets, shop sales and shop online to get the most out of your interview budget. And you can’t go far wrong with having at least one classic outfit in your wardrobe, such as a trouser suit.

In conclusion, when you are getting ready for a job interview, remember that the first impression is a crucial factor in conveying who you are as a prospective employee. Dress smartly and appropriately, so that your interviewer focuses on what you say and not what you look like. Moreover, how you dress can really boost your attitude and self-confidence. When you dress with confidence, you know you have made the best choices for you, and it will put you more at ease in any situation.