If you’ve secured yourself an interview, it can be easy to assume that the hard work is done, just pending one charming conversation. Research shows that, on average, it takes about seven seconds to create a first impression, keep this thought in mind, while you stare at your wardrobe before deciding which version of ‘smart casual’ to adopt today. We’ve come across countless social media posts reminding us that “you can never be overdressed”, which isn’t wrong. Still, its not until you’ve put together a perfect outfit that you’re ready to nail the interview. Here are some simple pointers on how to present your self on the day of. (Dismiss these points at your own peril.)

Footwear:

Let’s start from the ground up. Ladies, enclosed shoes of a darker shade are your go-to, and do yourself a favour to keep your heels inside 4 inches. (Fix this further). Gents, hard bottom, round-toed shoes are optimal. Stick to black or brown leather, and depending on the job, you can opt for a more casual style shoe, such as brogues or boots.

Clothes:

 It pays to be discreet, and well put together. You want to convey to your employer that you’re trustworthy and dependable, wear solid colours and simple accessories. You always want to appear comfortable with what you’re wearing, but all within reason.

Gentlemen

A black, navy blue, or grey suit is a solid move. Adjust variations of this accordingly if your job is in a more casual workplace, such as design jobs, or media. Still, stick to your core principles, except lose the jacket and top button. Choose your shoes wisely.

Ladies

Wear long pants, or a knee length skirt with a button up top. An alternative could be a knee length dress, which covers your shoulders.  A suit jacket may be needed, if professionally expected.

Due Diligence:

You should always research the company culture and what kind of dress would be accepted there. For instance, a position at bank would involve corporate clothing, while an interview at a childcare centre would ideally be a knitted top paired with black pants. Depending on the level of the position you hope to gain, you may find that your choice of attire would differ slightly. Be aware of this when comparing an entry-level job to a managerial position. Note: this is not the case if you work at the apple store.

 All in all:

You should arrive at the interview in clothing no different that you would be wearing if you actually worked there. First impressions last, so keep your clothing choices clean, simple, and modest. Don’t forget to smile and speak clearly, your confidence will speak volumes.

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