What you wear to a job interview will make or break your opportunity to get a job. The first impression is their last impression of you. You want to give your potential employers a great impression and believe me, I have seen some horrible wardrobe choices.
Here are some examples of these bad choices:
- Open-toed shoes – no one cares about your pedicure or lack of one
- Short skirts – very inappropriate for the professional world
- Flip flops or sneakers – too casual
- Low-cut or short blouses – it’s very unprofessional to show any cleavage and belly area
- Fishnet tights – not work appropriate at all
- Excessive accessories – too distracting and possibly tacky looking
- Heavy perfume or cologne – too distracting and could irritate someone’s allergies or asthma
- Tattoos and piercings – if you are going for a professional look, then you must hide these or get rid of them
When you are getting ready for an interview, you need to differentiate your professional and personal attire. Professional attire should be more formal versus your personal life, which is more casual. Think about it like this, would you wear it to church? Many people wear their “Sunday best” to their job interview. I think that is the best way to think about it.
Another way to think about it is this one word, respect. You are not giving your potential employers any respect if you are coming in the job interview with casual attire. Nor are you showing self-respect and that can be interpreted in poor work performance to potential employers.
When you show pride and respect in the clothes you wear, it transfers over to your work performance as well. Your potential employers take note of that, so keep this in mind when choosing your interview wardrobe.
Job interviews are already intimidating with all the questions they are asking you. Make it easier on yourself by choosing the proper clothes to wear to your job interview. It may just be the reason you get that job!