First impressions count, and the first thing people will see when they meet you is what you look like.
If you’ve got an interview or are starting a new job soon, you’ll need to make sure that your outfit is right. What I mean by ‘right’ is that people won’t remember you for what you were wearing, but for who you ARE.
Follow those few basic rules and you’ll be fine.
Don’t reveal too much
Although I often compare job seeking to dating, you’re not there to seduce your future manager with your physical attributes (unless you’re trying to become a glamour model) but your mental ones. There is absolutely no need to be super sexy! Men won’t take you seriously and women will feel threatened by you… Not a good start.
Chose comfort over fashion
Avoid those killer heels that will also kill your feet. Limping to the interview room or spreading blood all over the office carpet won’t get you your dream job. Wear something you’re comfortable with, something simple, smart and elegant. Extravagant outfits or accessories will only distract your interviewers from what you have to say.
Opt for tried and tested
It can be tempting to get a brand new outfit but beware of the wardrobe malfunction and chose something you trust instead. I bought a lovely new dress for my 1st day in a job. On my way there I noticed a thread tickling my leg and, of course, pulled it… And there I was, in front of the office, with 10 minutes to go, panicking, and with no hem… Luckily I found a shop nearby and managed to fix it but, believe me, it wasn’t a good start.
So, what should you wear?
- Your much-loved little black dress, both flattering and elegant, it will make you look good without too much fuss. Add a few simple accessories and voila!
- Get your best suit out if you prefer the tailored look, it will show that you’re both classy and ambitious.
- If you’re feeling brave, opt for a coloured blouse and black pencil skirt or neutral blouse and coloured skirt. Use a colour (not colours!) that reflect your personality but avoid anything too out there (neon anyone?).
- Start-ups tend to favour jeans and T-shirts but, if and only if you know the company is casual, you can go for smart casual. Smart jeans, tailored jacket and small heels are as far as you should go.
- Shoes should be smart and clean but also comfy enough for you to keep them on if you have to walk up 10 flights of stairs. Small heels are the best option but higher heels (no platform shoes please) or ballet pumps are fine too.
Alright ladies, you know now. Wear something that makes you feel good and confident, something adapted to the job, company and industry you’re going for, something that people won’t notice or remember.
Don’t dress to impress, just impress!