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How To Dress To Impress For Your Next Interview

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Perhaps one of the most common interview tips going but yet it still surprises us how many people get it wrong!

 

As the old adage goes first impressions count and that is never truer than when it comes to an interview. Many of you may be thinking, “What does any of this have to do with what type of candidate I am?” What does wearing a suit have to do with my experience, skills and suitability for the position?”

 

It’s true there may not be a direct link between the length of your tie and the length of your qualifications on your resume, but attention to your attire can tell an interviewer a lot about your interest and dedication to landing this position. In the short time that you will be grilled about your credentials, your personal appearance will be judged as an expression of who you are, your professionalism and your work ethic.

 

You don’t need designer clothes to impress. But you are required to dress appropriately and professionally, even if the work environment is relaxed and casual. It is always best to be overdressed than arrive in jeans and a hoody. Interviewees are always susceptible to underdressing to match the company culture, so to help you avoid this mistake here are our tips to help you put your best foot forward.

 

Iron: The night before your interview make sure your clothes are clean and crease free.

 

Suit up: A classic suit, one that fits you well and will help you fit in is always a safe bet. However if suits aren’t your thing a smart co-ordinating outfit is a must. Make sure your outfit is well cut, fits you properly and suits your figure.

 

Wash your hair: Greasy hair is unsightly, style your hair neatly and don’t use too much product.

 

Clean-Shaven: Men, make sure you are clean-shaven or trim your beards neatly.

 

Subtle Scent: Don’t use overpowering perfume or aftershave.

 

Make-up: Ladies, keep it simple and do not cake on your make-up. Make sure your nails are neat and if you are wearing nail polish make sure it’s not chipped.

 

Accessories: Briefcases and handbags should be smart, and make sure you don’t have the contents overflowing out of it. Jewellery should be understated and unfussy. If you have a lot of piercings, it is best to leave out as many as you possibly can.

 

Polish: Take a minute to ensure your shoes are clean, in good condition and polished.

 

Finally, remember that whilst your abilities are your main selling point in order to get that job, research shows that the first 10 to 40 seconds of meeting someone is the most crucial – and the visual impact you make is the most important factor so take the time and put in the effort with your appearance for your interview.

Posted by Julia Purcell, Marketing & Communications Manager Sigmar on 29 November 2017

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