The first impression of a person is important, especially in an interview. No matter how efficiently or quickly you answer the questions, if you aren't dressed properly for the interview, you may fail to make an impression on your future employers, and all your efforts will go futile. The right dress and attitude may just as well earn you your dream job.
- Dress formally for an interview. It actually pays if you learn about the dress code of the company where the interview will be held.
- If you know that the company does not expect you to wear suits, choose well-pressed slacks or khakis with a clean button-down shirt and a belt. Your belt must match the color of your shoes. If you are wearing a brown, navy or black outfit, your shoes must be black. If you are wearing muted pastels or medium toned colors, opt for dark brown leather shoes.
- Carry a leather briefcase or a vinyl-bound portfolio for your resume and other necessary documents. This will add a professional look to your appearance.
- Don't use strong perfumes or aftershave lotions on the day of your interview. Opt for subtle fragrances that do not assault anyone's senses.
- And finally, before you leave for the interview, check yourself in the mirror. See that your hair is combed properly and your attire does not have wrinkles or stains.
For the Women ...
- Remember that there is only one chance to make a first impression, so you must take proper care while dressing for a job interview. Choose well-fitting slacks and a blouse if you are going for an interview in an informal place of business.
- If the place expects formals, a plain suit with a matching shirt will be appropriate. Stick to dark beige, navy blue or black. Choose a blouse or shirt that matches your suit. Make sure it contrasts with the suit. Avoid lace, ruffles or any decoration as this will give it a casual appearance. You can even wear a silk scarf to complete the formal look.
- Don't wear eyeshadow, as it may start powdering and create the appearance of dark circles. Make sure that your nails are clipped properly and your nail polish is not chipped before you go for the interview.
- Avoid wearing tight fitting dresses, mini skirts, strapped sandals, sloppy overalls etc. Also check whether your outfit has stains, tears, or creases. Make sure that your nylons don't have holes in them.
- Carry a decent portfolio or briefcase for your documents. Avoid over-sized handbags.
It is important to make a good impression on the interviewers, by presenting yourself in a professional and poised manner. It is also essential that you take all the necessary care while dressing for an interview.