We’re all told never to judge a book by its cover, however when you are applying for a position I’m afraid to burst your bubble is part of the interviewing process. It doesn’t matter what industry you decided to work in your attire is still a crucial part of the interview process, it’s just as vital as your patter. We live in a very visual world now, in a Nano second a first impression is already being formulated very quickly on your appearance alone. Now we know the big conundrum is always what to wear for a job interview, best advice is always dress for the industry in which you’re interviewing for, that way you’ll feel super confident.
Colours for interviews
Colours are just as important when thinking about what to wear, in 2017 Smart recruiters in the USA released a study in 2017 after 180 applicants were hired with 1800 who didn’t make it, of the 70% hired the candidates wore black and only 33% who didn’t make it wore black. I guess black is still the top spot for interviews.
Black is a colour associated with leadership it communicates sophistication and glamour. Never mix your black or different fabrics it just looks sloppy and unprofessional.
Blue is the next in line it sends messages of trusty worthy, integrity and inspires confidence. 23% of interviewers like to see candidates wearing shades of blue. Remember we are talking about darker blues not pastel or light blues.
Grey tells the interviewer that you both logical and analytical, however it is a colour that lacks some personality, you could dress it up by adding some coloured accessories, like a bag or piece of jewellery.
Green, Orange, Yellow are all creative colours, perfect for jobs in the fashion or the creative world.
Red is all about the passion and strength, who doesn’t like a bit of passion dressing, However I would stick to either a red nail varnish or lipstick, this will still convey that your bold and assertive.
Let’s talk Formal Attire
General rule of thumb is to stick to a tailored suit you can’t go wrong, unless it’s from 80s or 90s. Now it can be either a skirt, trousers or even a dress, if you choose a skirt, then pencil or A-line work well with a pair of closed toe heels. Please don’t wear a mini skirt that’s a defiant Noooooo, keep it for cocktail nights out. If like me, you want to express your style personality (I’m not really a suit women) add an accessory like a nice bag or statement jewellery. However, if you’re still not sure then err on the caution, do some research in to the company’s dress code, this is a great way to show that you’ve taken the time to do some background work, GOLD STAR TO YOU!!!
If you are opting for a more informal position it can be a pain to get the dress code right, again do some research find out the company’s dress code, you don’t want to turn up in a suit. Unless this is part of the company’s dress code, please don’t wear ripped jeans keep them for home, instead opt for a nice blazer that gives you a professional edge with patterned shirt/blouse and casual trousers or a dress skirt with a shirt. Your best bet for more informal dress is a pair of well-fitting khakis or cotton slacks paired with a basic button-down heels or pair of pumps.
Finally, remember choosing an outfit that makes you feel comfortable and confident then adding a smile and your half way there.