6 Basic Job Interview Dress-Up Tips
Whether we like it or not, appearance is of the utmost importance during job interviews. A person may be the most qualified person for a job, but if he shows up at the job interview wearing a Nirvana t-shirt and a pair of ripped jeans, chances are he’ll turn the interviewer off, and that will lessen his chances of getting hired, despite his glowing resume.
Job interviews, after all, are basically about first impressions, and the way a person looks becomes the first in a long list of first impressions as soon as the applicant walks through the interviewer’s door. And while some companies tend to be a little more liberal when it comes to appearances, most still prefer that applicants look their best when they come in for an interview. So here are seven basic dress-up tips that you could use during job interviews. Hopefully, these could help you out.
1. Wear a suit
There are many styles of suits out there, but your best bet is a conservative cut, dark blue, black or grey suit. Pinstripes, prints, or loud colored suits are a no-no.
2. Groom your hair
What constitutes a great haircut or hairstyle for job interviews is subject to debate, so just keep your hair clean and neat for the interview. That ought to do the trick.
3. Wear Minimal Jewelry
Unless you want to look like a pimp, don’t overdo the jewelry. A conservative watch and a wedding, engagement or college ring will do.
4. Go easy on the aftershave or cologne
Not all people like the scent of your cologne or aftershave. The interviewer could be one of them, so if possible, avoid wearing any scents to a job interview. Just shower well, and make sure your clothes smell fresh and clean.
5. Clean/trim fingernails
This may sound like grade school-level advice, but it’s a fact that many applicants tend to overlook this part of the body, and it’s quite noticeable when they get long and dirty.
6. Keep your breath fresh
You’d be surprised how far the smell of one’s breath can travel. Considering that you’d usually be no more than three feet away from the interviewer, you would do well to brush your teeth, floss and gargle with mouthwash before going to an interview. Better yet, chew a gum or suck on a breath mint 10 to 15 minutes before your appointment. Just don’t forget to dispose of the gum or the mint before you check in.
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