Company's cultures are changing over time but more often than not most companies still remain rather conservative specially when it comes to interviews.
To help you dress your best for such an important occasion I've gathered come tips to help you dress the part.
1. Do your research
First thing you will need to do is get an understanding of the company's culture and their dress code. Have a look at their website, social media, or even drive around the company to see what others wear to the office.
Also think about the industry their are in, for instance some marketing or advertising companies can be more on the creative side and might like to keep things a bit more smart casual, in that case a corporate attire might not fit what they are looking for.
2. First impressions
To make a great impression you need to dress for success, Have the attitude and the belief that job is already yours! They say it only takes a few seconds for people to form an opinion about you based on the way you look. Therefore it's important to be clear on what message you wish to portray to those doing the interview as soon as they meet you for the first time. At the end of the day it's only 10-15% of what you say verbally during the interview that counts, the rest it's all visual.
3. Your message
This part is where you have to think about what words would describe you? Are you forward thinker, are you creative, are you assertive, do you think outside the box, are you a leader, are you approachable, are you friendly, do you have authority, etc?
Write down the words you want to be described and be seen as at the interview so when they ask you questions about your work experience, you can tell you are that person you are describing to them.
4. Choosing your outfit according to colour and your message
When choosing your outfit you want to make sure that you feel comfortable, confident and beautiful in it as this will also help with your body language during the interview. But something that is very powerful is choosing the right colour of your outfit. There are difference associations with each colour and depending on your message, there are different colours I can suggest to choose from:
Message: Look authoritative and professional (eg. Corporate Role)
Wear dark colours, in particular black, charcoal, medium to dark grey, and navy.
You will appear firm and reserved. The darker the shade the more powerful, intimidating and threatening the effect. It gives the impression to make decisions, specially the combination of black and white, as for you there are no grey areas. With navy you give the impression of commitment and capability.
Wear clear earthy colours combined with navy. Earth tones such as tan, camel, light yellow, beige, you appear as warm, open and down to earth giving the impression of credibility and dependable. The navy suggests reasonableness and professionalism.
Someone creative should wear patterns and brighter colours. Strong bright colours are for someone who us expressive, extrovert and positive. If you add purple it relates you to someone of higher intellect.
Pastel colours are that are calming, quiet and diplomatic. Green for example is soothing and peaceful. Pink is sensitive and caring, Other warm colours such as earth tones are centred and down to earth.
- Shoes - your shoes should be in general somewhat conservative and your heels shouldn't be too high. If you don't like heels then don't wear them if they make you uncomfortable, Stick to something low and basic. Of course, depending on the industry you may need to adjust, for example if you are applying for a job as a teacher, probably you would be ok with a flat shoe but if you are going for a role in the fashion industry you would want a more glamours type of heels that make a statement.
- Perfume - make sure to either not wear any or put on something that it is not too overwhelming
- Makeup - wear subtle makeup, nothing too heavy. A more natural look always a better option. Of course, there is nothing wrong with a red lippy if you want to show a bit more of authority.
- Jewellery - Go easy on the jewellery and keep it simple. The last thing you want is making a lot of noise and distracting the person who is interviewing you. Also, I would avoid piercings in your face.
- Nails - Colours such as nude, soft pink, or red are professional colours. Avoid sparkles, designs, hot pink, neon, or any other bold colours.
Above all, be yourself, believe in yourself as others will believe in you too!
Eliana Colimodio - Melbourne Personal Stylist
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