I was early on the interview day and I was third on the queue for a position with an Internet marketing company. I was not seated yet, when another applicant came in. He approached me and said, “Good morning Ma’am. I was called yesterday for my interview today. Where should I proceed?”
“I’m sorry, I am also here for my interview today. I think you should ask at the front desk”, I responded with a smile. I felt more confident by knowing that a perfect stranger looked up on me as a manager or perhaps a boss. Then I thought about what it would be like to have that kind of responsibility. I needed to have the right attitude and the correct image. Right then, I became more determined to do whatever it took to get the job.
After the interview and exams, I was scheduled for the job offer. I am so sure that what really helped me get hired was the confidence and great impression I gained from my professional appearance. If you want to increase your chance of getting hired too, you may want to follow the steps listed below:
Stick with the basics.
A gray, navy, dark or black suit is one of the best options during an interview. You can compliment it with a white or light colored blouse or cotton shirt. Brown, caramel, and olive are great too, and so are subtle pinstripes, but not polka dots. Stay away from anything too bold because it might distract the interviewer.
Casual and Tech Companies.
When interviewing with casual industries like electronics, mechanical and tech companies, try to tailor down you attire without needing to look like rumpled or scruffy. You may wear tailored skirt and a blouse worn with a cardigan, or slacks with a dressy blouse.
Unless you are applying to a fashion industry, disregard the latest shoe trends and keep the professional attire down to your shoes. Keep them closed-toe, heeled, and polished.
Don’t accessorize too much.
Men should avoid wearing any jewelry unless it’s a wedding ring and/or watch. Women should avoid putting on flashy, noisy and over sized jewelry. Choose one bold piece such as a vibrant beaded necklace. Don’t put on big bracelets because it will just get in the way of a firm handshake.
Hairstyle and make-up.
Secure a hairstyle that stays in place so you won’t have to push it out of the way in front of the interviewer. Wear a light make-up that is not distracting and that will not make you look like a clown or any night performer.
When you are decided about what to wear, never forget to do the sit-down-test. There are outfits that look good when you’re standing up but when you are seated, it could reveal your other side. Check for blouses and shirts, as buttons can gape, skirts can ride up when you are seated. Do this several days in advance so you have time to make the necessary adjustments.
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