The job market is saturated. Each job vacancy can have potentially hundreds of applicants, and in this cut-throat market, it can be difficult to know how to stand apart from the competition. You must send the right message in your interview. You could have a stellar CV and experience, but your potential employer already knows this, that’s why they’ve called you in for an interview. Your next task is to create the right impression and the best way to do this is to dress for success.
You can get a strong idea of what to wear for your interview by investigating the dress code at the business you’ve applied for. But be cautious. Even if the dress code is relaxed, you should avoid slouching in wearing stained sweatpants and a creased tee with your favourite band on it. Although we shouldn’t be judged on what we wear, in the professional world it’s all about making the right impression.
Here we’ll look at some simple outfit guidance for nervous job applicants in a corporate setting.
Focus on your eyewear
Do you wear glasses? In a professional setting, your eyewear – like the ones available on this site – can make a distinct impression on your interviewer and even give them an insight into your personality and your level of competence. A classic, timeless pair of frames in a block colour that complements your face shape, skin tone and eye colour will also give you a much-needed confidence boost. Something which we could all do with in a tense interview situation.
A good pair of glasses should also complement your outfit. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wearing a pair of brightly coloured frames, after all, many people view their glasses as an extension of their personality. But this is where common sense comes in. For example, if you’re interviewing for a legal firm, consider a frame that is a little more muted and conventional. If you’re interviewing for barista role in a trendy café, then they might prefer their staff to reflect their colourful and modern aesthetic.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a male or female applicant. When it comes to interview attire, conservative is king. It’s not that you shouldn’t wear anything flashy or overly colourful, but your interviewer may find it difficult to concentrate on your five years’ worth of experience and charity work if they can’t see past your banana yellow blouse.
Of course, you want to stand out, but you can stand out and still be conservative. Some small touches of your personality are acceptable as long as they’re not too distracting. Your favourite hair slides carefully placed in your professional hairstyle, colourful cufflinks to add a pop of colour on your suit, or a good manicure can help you stand apart from your competitors. Just don’t go overboard!
Getting ready for a job interview is incredibly daunting. You’re bound to second guess yourself more than once before the big day. Always make sure you have your outfit planned and ready the day before your interview!