The intimidation of an interview is already so overwhelming that stressing about what to wear is an unnecessary added-on pressure.
Don’t worry, there are easy guidelines on how to make sure you are boardroom ready with your interview looks. It might not guarantee you the job but what it will do is have you feeling confident to achieve anything you put your mind to!
Make it crisp
A white shirt is a staple that should belong in every cupboard. The important detail here is making sure that it is fully creaseless. Having creased clothes portrays a very unorganised, sluggish vibe and that is not what you want for your first impression. Tip: Put your shirt on a hanger on the drive to the interview and only put it on just before heading in.
Keep it neutral
We are all lovers of colour (well, most of us) but in an interview, the rule of thumb is to keep it neutral. Opt for black or white in terms of a clothing palette, other neutral shades such as grey and navy are also perfect options. This doesn’t mean you can’t have any pops of colour here or there but for the most part, make sure you’ve got a solid neutral colour.
Clothing does play a big part in how people perceive us. With this being said having anything distracting on your garments is a no-go zone. No over-baring cleavage, or tassels & dangly things hanging off anything. These could distract you and the panel deciding on your future with them.
The new smart
Times have changed and the boardroom and workplace no longer require a two-piece suit or button-down shirt with smart trousers. Combining elements of smart with casual is considered the new way of dressing. We live in a post-pandemic era where people want to be comfortable, as long as the look remains professional-looking, the world is your oyster in terms of pairing together garments.
Read the room
Depending on the company you interviewing for, it’s always best to ‘dress for the job. If it’s for a creative agency, play around with some fun looks, professional does not have to be boring. If the company is more corporate, play it safe with a blazer option.
First impressions matter and clothing forms a big part of it. All in all, dress to impress, and guaranteed, you will make an impact that will last long after you leave the room or zoom call.
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