Tuesday, 27 September 2016

How should I dress for a job interview?

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What to put on for a job interview is a question millions of people agonize on, deciding what to wear is not as difficult as you think, and there are a few filtered answers for that. There is no standard taste as each interviewer has his own notion of what an appropriate interview attire is.

Go in dressed one or two levels higher than the job you are applying for, if it’s an interview as a house help or waitress you don’t want to go in all dirty and not presentable: dress above the standard apparel for this position  get clean clothing and a smart hair do. This gives an impression that you care about this job.

Presentation matters, first impression counts, the first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. You don’t want to expose your tattoos, hips, and cleavage or how good looking your legs are. It will take the interviewer few seconds to decide they don’t want you…no!! no!! Let them take time to decide that they want you. Don’t unintentionally disqualify yourself, caution is the better part of valor: dress on the conservative side but be classy, gone are the days when people used to go for interviews dressed “so casual” and have the “does it matter?” attitude, nobody forgives you for that these days, do not confuse what was once and what is now, people are not desperate for you, not in this market. It is rarely appropriate to “dress down” for an interview irrespective of the company’s dressing code.

A suit is not a 'must-wear' for job interviews, given the weather conditions at the time, a suit may not be the best option but if at all anything tight, bright, short, or sheer should absolutely be avoided, following industry fashion culture there are many other attires that could impress your interviewer. Dress In a way that you will look and act your best. If you're not sure what to wear ask an adult family member, teacher, or guidance counselor.

Do a simple and smart hair-do that is neat and clean, avoid the idea to look polished and flashy, not to advertise what a creative genius your hairdresser is. No caps or hat.

You might not want to be true to yourself: if you have eight earring holes and two nose piercings plus one mouth piercing, and a tongue piercing, it might be needless to dress for an interview in a way you won’t dress for once you are in the job: should you show your real self? Why show a different “you” to your employer. If you have piercings and tattoos, that’s fine go ahead and dress like you normally do, but know you might not get the job.

Make sure you have a fresh breath before going to the interview, brush your teeth and don’t eat or smoke. Just deodorant is OK, you don’t want to wear perfume to smell overpowering or cause allergic reactions.

Shoe, Make up and nail polish should be of shades that are neutral and to your skin tone, avoid very long pedicure with bright or unusual colors. Shoes should be in good state, not scratched, peeled or run-down at heels, avoid open-toe or open-back shoes, basic pumps keep you smart and stay in style forever. Avoid clumpy mascara.Avoid flashy or shiny or distracting jewelry and hair accessories, one ring per hand is OK.
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