There are many occasions when a first impression is crucial – the job interview ranks up there near the top. A confident first impression comes from wearing your clothes, instead of your clothes wearing you. Confidence comes from feeling comfortable in what you are wearing and knowing that a little bit of your personality is coming through (in a good way) in what you are wearing.
What’s appropriate to wear
- Know the work place – do staff wear casual, creative, or business-like clothes?
- Aim to dress one notch above the office standard.
- In most cases, that is smart, business-style attire.
- For women: tailored pants or skirt with shirt or top – possibly jacket
- For men: tailored pants, belt, shirt, tie – possibly jacket
- Keep accessories to a minimum. By all means include them to show your personality and flare it will show you are not a robot… but less is more.
- Take out visible piercings.
- Make sure shoes are in excellent condition.
- Make sure clothes are clean and ironed.
- Dirty, unpressed clothes. The lazy meter will ring loud and clear in the interview.
- Facial piercings – particularly if the role is a public one – keep in mind that the person interviewing you may be from a generation not comfortable with this.
- Tattoos. These should not be visible either.
- For women: too short a skirt; too plunging a neckline. Dress this way and it says you are more serious about picking up when out on Friday night than working.
- For men: pants that are worn too loose, underwear showing. This is not the place to show “you’re cool”.
- Jeans, t-shirts – clothes that are way too casual – just because the job you are applying for has a uniform, does not mean you don’t need to create a business-like appearance.
- Bare feet, thongs, strappy shoes
Get all this right and it says, no fuss, no frills … my CV says it all. I’m ready for this job!
– from the Get That Job workshop held at the events centre @ Maroochy RSL on November 2009.