With a glimmer of hope on the horizon that the world is getting back to ‘normal’ its time to think about taking off the trackies and ugg boots and what you’re going to do when its time to leave the house again. If your looking at hitting the job market, what you decide to put on when you do head out is even more important.
What you look like should be irrelevant to potential employers unless of course you are trying to be a model or ‘influencer’. But the sad truth is what we look like can play a part conscious or unconsciously in recruitment decisions.
That doesn’t mean the best looking person gets the job but how you present does matter. It is about, meeting employers’ expectations and reflects on your judgement. You want the interviewers to focus on what you are saying, not your appearance, so dress accordingly.
It might seem like common sense but when meeting a prospective employer or a recruiter, you should be clean, neat and tidy. In deciding what to wear to an interview, think about the role you have applied for and choose something appropriate. Wear what you would be expected to wear to the job if you got it. Its ok to be a little over dressed, but don’t overdo it. You might think you look good in a particular outfit but if it isn’t suitable workwear, don’t wear it to an interview. If you know you need to wear a suit but are not sure if ties are common place wear one! When in doubt err on the side of caution.
Make sure you are comfortable. If you want to wear something new, just make sure it fits and you feel comfortable. There is nothing more distracting to interviewers than someone fidgeting about with their clothes looking obviously uncomfortable.
Don’t get a haircut the day before a job interview. Chances are you will think it’s too short or not quite right and a few days in, after a wash, a haircut always settle in. Same goes for women getting a manicure with extensions. If you are not used to them, the natural reaction will be to fiddle with them and that will just distract your interviewer from what you are saying.
The most important thing is that you feel like you are presenting your best self. If you feel confident, it will come across in how you interview. Interviewers warm to people who present as confident in their ability to do the job and every aspect of your presentation counts.