When you sit down for that job interview, the last thing you want to be worried about is what you are wearing. That choice should have been made a few days beforehand, if possible, to give you time to put together an “interview outfit” that gives confidence.You want to make sure that you are dressing for success – which means that it needs to look like you put some thought and time into getting ready for the interview. You want the person who is doing the interviewing and ultimately the hiring to understand that you take the job interview seriously – which in turn means that you will take the job seriously as well.
The idea that you must “dress for success” never goes out of style because people see your clothing as part of your initial impression. They will immediately be thinking of how you will fit into their companies culture, how you will interact with co-workers and clients and whether the first impression that you are giving is one that they want their company to give.
Here are a few tips to work on now, so you will be ready to go the morning of your all-important interview:
- Plan one or two “interview outfits” and keep them ready to wear (c’mon ladies, we have at least that many outfits ready for a night out!) That means they are clean, mended, and fit comfortably.
- Get dressed in the entire outfit and have a friend take your picture from the back, side and front. Look at those photos and decide what needs to change. (You can’t change your body in two days, but you can pick a better shirt or shoes.)
- Do your research and know what is appropriate for this interview. Go conservative if you have doubts.
- Figure out the entire outfit, from shoes, socks and underwear to tie and jewelry. Have it all laid out the night before so you know it’s ready.
- Have a backup in case you spill something on yourself. It’s been done!
- Shine your shoes, give yourself a manicure (and pedicure if you’re wearing peep-toe shoes) and plan your grooming schedule. This is not the place for that just-stepped-out-of-the-shower-wet look.
When you have planned your outfit and know you look your best, you have confidence. Preparing ahead of time helps you focus on the interview instead of that button that popped off your shirt before you left home. Part of your job search includes dressing for success, so get ready to shine!