Written by Laura Antolín
No matter what they say, first impressions count: when we first meet someone, we form an opinion, which is no more than a quick judgement we make —positive or negative— based on small, and mostly nonverbal, details. In less than a minute —psychologists say it doesn’t take more than 30 seconds!— we draw a first conclusion from the person in front of our eyes: his gestures, his tone, the way he moves his hands… Anything could play against him! Yes, who said one shouldn’t judge a book by its cover?
Now, imagine you are in a job interview: you’ll certainly be on the edge, but trying to keep calm and bring out the best of you at the same time —not an easy task! In this kind of situation, where absolutely anything could happen, making a first good impression is key for two simple reasons: it can help you get off to a good start, and it may be one of the determining factors to make you get that job you dream of.
Punctuality, the handshake with your possible future boss, eye contact… There are many aspects that require of your expertise and full control, including, of course, the way you look —as if a job interview were not nerve-wracking enough without having to worry about what you’re wearing. But the truth is that choosing the right outfit will allow you to convey the desired image and stand out from the rest of candidates. In DressedIn we know that, so we answer to the million dollar question: “What do I wear to a job interview?” Dressing for that is never simple, but there are a few rules —the golden rules— that will make it a whole lot easier.
Dress like you! “Be yourself” might be one of the most overused advices of all time, but let’s face it: everytime we try to go too far with a super fashionable outfit, we just don’t get the desired effect. This is because we are dressing up as someone we are not, so next time you have a cool idea for your job interview outfit, just don’t do it. Trust us, recruiters don’t want to see people uncomfortable in their clothes. Too short skirts, see-through blouses, too high heels, too wrinkled suits, too much make-up or anything that can be described as “too much of anything” is usually a no-no. Choose, instead, a neat outfit that reflects your personal style and that you feel comfortable and confident in. Remember, key is confidence!
Know the environment! It may seem common sense, but not many do their homework right. Do a research on the company culture and try to reflect its aesthetic. It’s all about sending the message that you are the perfect fit for the company and the position.
Never underestimate the power of a good shirt! What a quality shirt can do for you is priceless. It is always the perfect choice to make you feel smart and relaxed at the same time, and what’s best: you can personalize it with jewelry. Besides, who doesn’t love a good and clean shirt with a pair of well-cut trousers? A winning-choice in all senses!
When in doubt, wear black! It’s not the riskiest option, but hey, it can save you when you are at a loss for what to wear to a job interview. A printed silk blouse teamed with a black blazer is a classic interview outfit. Just don’t wear black over black and black. You want your personality to shine through your outfit!
Shoes: because they matter! As you arrive at the interview, the recruiter will glance up and down, so first, make sure your shoes are clean! On the other hand, if you are not a high-heel person, then don’t pull on a pair. It is an unnecessary risk and it is way better to look confident in a pair of flat shoes, than navigate the interview on your heels trying to keep balance. The safest choice? Closed-toe mid-heels!
Don’t forget the accessories! Rather than choosing many different accessories, wear just a couple to make a difference. It’s just a matter of balance —even the simplest necklace can brighten your outfit!
Do you accept a last advice from us? Don’t forget your smile, it’s the most powerful persuasion weapon!