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For better or worse, when it comes to job interviews, knowing what to say is only half the battle. No matter how insightfully you can demonstrate the credentials that make you a perfect candidate, unless you also look the part, you’ll fail to make the best possible impact.
For that reason, it is vital to ensure you are immaculately turned out, although, as always, you should use your knowledge of the company to help you prepare. For example, if you happen to know that the working environment you are looking to join has a more casual dress code then you should bear this in mind for your interview.
Finding out how people are expected to dress in your desired role is just another part of the research you should do, along with what you can find out about the role at the job centre, plus your own online inquires.
As well as any specific tips you can find, there are some good general tips you can follow. One, which may come as a surprise to many, is to avoid wearing a black suit where possible. Experts feel that blue or grey suits will give you a more obviously business orientated look.
If you do go with black, it can be a good idea to set it off with a coloured, rather than a white shirt. The evidence seems to suggest that this will help to keep you lodged in your prospective employer’s mind, long after you’ve left the building.
Regardless of the colours you go for, make sure they compliment each other and are not gaudy. Furthermore, be absolutely sure to avoid mixing patterns. If your suit has a subtle pin stripe (which is perfectly acceptable) then by no means should you wear it with any shirt boasting a check design.
When it comes to ties, make sure you stay away from any novelty designs. A simple design that compliments your outfit is your best bet. Whilst, you can’t go wrong with silk, you could also consider a cotton tie if you think it fits with the ‘feel’ of the company. Once you’ve selected the one you want, a Windsor knot is the best way of fastening you tie.
Make sure your shoes are suitably formal, in a well polished black or brown. The devil is in the detail when it comes to putting together the perfect interview outfit, and you should always make the effort to select a belt that matches the colour of your shoes.
For the same reason, you need to make sure that everything that you are carrying with you is in keeping with the message you are looking to send with the rest of your attire. For example, if are you are planning on carrying your notes and CV along with you in a backpack, you should seriously consider investing a briefcase, which looks inestimably more professional.
Like wise, a little thing like carrying a cheap biro with you can really undermine the effect created by your other garments. With the jobs market as competitive as it is, it really is worth going the extra mile wherever possible.
Finally, take time to check yourself over before leaving the house, making sure you are neatly groomed. Generally, it is advisable to turn up for interview clean shaven. Some studies have shown that men with facial hair earn up to 25% less than their peers on average.
With your appearance talking care of, you can face your interview knowing that there’s no chance of the impression you make being let down by your clothes.