They say you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have, but that’s no good if you have always dreamt of being a pilot but instead you are a receptionist. The list of things to think about when you have an upcoming interview can be daunting. What to say, what not to say, do you have a good handshake, will they like you?, will you like them and importantly…what are you going to wear?
There is no shortage of blogs and articles on the dos and don’ts of what to wear for your interview. As expects in office removals, we thought we would take a crack at passing on our interview advice to make sure you put your best self forward.
- Simplicity is key – No matter how funky or out there your style may be, it’s always a good idea to tone it down for an interview. You can express your personality and fashion sense in subtle ways like wearing a cool necklace or a brightly colored tie for example
- Pick one thing that is memorable – It’s important to dress smart and simple, but you can also grab the eye of the interviewer with a subtle item of clothing that is memorable. Think patterned tie or unusual broach. Something small that makes a big impression.
- Always dress smart no matter what the job role is
- Don’t change but be adaptable – Some offices have a strict dress code, and the others let you wear what you want. This means that you have to adapt your style to fit the business. Having said that, you should never change yourself to extremes to fit a role you are applying for. If a company wants you to change your hair, your personal look at things of that level consider whether that company is right for you – maybe it’s a requirement for some roles such as air hostess or receptionist where company image is a part of the job.
Lets talk colour. As with anything, it is suggested that colours can affect us and how people perceive us on a subconscious level. Here are some examples:
Green – is said to give an untrustworthy and deceitfully perception
Grey – can be dull
Black – safe, smart, approachable – try adding a hit of colour to avoid the “men in black” look
Brown – BORING
Red – Assertive, bold, confident
Blue – Confident, relatable, honest
Patterns – Use in moderation!
Now please don’t take the colour suggestions above literally. These were just some suggestions but to consider what your outfit may say about you as a first impression and don’t let that be the be all end all of what people think of you.
The best tips to take away from this are to dress smart, be yourself, and be confident and let the real you do all the work.