From the moment you walk through the door, you will be judged (for lack of better words). You know what they say—first impressions are everything and what you wear absolutely contributes to that first impression. First, let’s talk about some general tips on how to show up for your interview looking your best.
- Show up with wrinkled or stained clothing. Someone may assume you are lazy, sloppy, and incapable of being professional.
- Show up in six-inch heels and/or short dress/skirt. Need I say more?
- Bring an extra set of clothes. You never know what will happen.
- Keep at least one of your interview outfits in your carry on during the flight. The last thing you want is to have a missing suitcase and have to purchase a whole new set of clothes that aren’t tailored to you.
- Make sure your clothing is well-fitted. It doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on the perfect suit and getting it tailored, but you don’t want to seem as if you’re swallowed by your suit or busting out of the seams.
- Go with dark or neutral with the colors (black, grey, navy). If it helps, my interview outfit is a black pantsuit and I wear a white/cream-colored simple top underneath.
- Brush your teeth and apply deodorant. Hygiene is important.
- Style your hair. Don’t let it look like a bird’s nest or that you went running for the past hour.
- No cologne or perfume. You never know if someone does or does not have an allergy or simply find the scent to be unpleasant.
- If you have any doubts about what you’re wearing, change your outfit, or ask someone you trust to give you an honest opinion.
Check out part two for specific tips on what exactly to wear for both men and women. Happy Interviewing!