When you’re out on your own for the first time, it’s likely that you’re going to be attending some of your first interviews. Interviews are the ultimate first impression and it’s the time to shine with your professionalism, expertise and especially your appearance. When you go in for an interview, no matter the job, you need to keep in mind that your interviewers are seeing and talking to a lot of people fighting for the same job you are. So the last thing you want to do is hinder yourself right off the bat with your appearance. Even if the work setting allows casual attire, and your interviewers are in “jeans and a nice top”, you need to look like you want the job. You will never be reprimanded for looking “too professional” at an interview.
Tips for Success
●NO jeans, t-shirts or leggings. The more professional the better. Slacks, trousers, skirts, and dresses are trusty options.
●Nothing low cut. This is not the time to show any kind of cleavage. Make sure that your necklines are tasteful and professional, conservative even. You want them talking about your brain, not your boobs.
●Hemline either just above or below the knee. Nothing shorter. Showing too much skin, especially when it comes to cleavage and legs, will more often than not, send the wrong message. Avoid all of that by just being more conservative than usual. It’s easy to look “leggy” in dresses and skirts, especially when wearing heels, so make sure that your hemlines are reaching past your fingertips.
●No spaghetti straps. Professional tank blouses are sometimes acceptable, but otherwise, it’s safest to go with a sleeve to cover the shoulders. Super thin straps can come across a little casual or like you’re going for a night out.
●No sandals. Close-toed shoes or peep toes are acceptable, avoid any kind of sandals. Anything open-toed can come across as too casual and can make it seem as though you don’t care. Closed-toed is always safe and professional of interviews.
●No statement jewelry. You don’t want to wear anything too flashy or distracting. You want the interviewers to be thinking about your skills and resume, not your accessories. Keep jewelry, colors, and patterns to a minimum.
●Do your hair and makeup, but less is more. You don’t want to distract your audience, avoid dark or bright colors, but definitely make sure you’re presentable. Neutral colors and subtle embellishments are always safe.
●Nothing see-through or sheer. A lot of clothing out right now have shear parts. or is just so thin, that it can easily be see-through with certain undergarments and the right lighting. Double check your clothing and make sure you’re fully covered.
●Nothing with words or pictures (graphic tees). Anything with words printed on it is going to be seen as casual, and you also don’t want to be representing anyone else’s message. This interview is about you, and your skills, not the designer of your clothing. Block colors or simple patterns are going to accent you, and allow your personality to shine.
●No crop tops. You don’t want to be showing any skin from your cleavage to your hemline, to avoid looking casual or unprofessional.
●Avoid looking trendy. Professional workplaces often don’t observe clothing trends, keeping the same dress-code rules season after season. Just make sure that your outfit follows the professional guidelines, and then adjust after you get the job.
●Groom your nails. Make sure your nails are either done or shortened and filed. In an interview, you’re representing yourself and the interviewer is going to be looking at the whole package, even down to your nails. Those first impressions are everything.
●Avoid heavily-scented perfume. You don’t want to suffocate your interviewer, for one, but you also don’t want to end up wearing a scent that triggers a unrelated memory. For example, you could just os happen to wear a scent that their ex used to wear, or you could wear something that they just absolutely can’t stand. To avoid any of this, simply don’t wear anything or wear something very light.
●Remember the deodorant. You will stress sweat and you don’t want to be worried about what you smell like. Stick deodorant works, but I also suggest a dry-spray to prevent perspiration.