Dressing appropriately to make a first impression to an Interview can never be over emphasized. While you don’t need to go all out of your pocket to buy extra classy or chic outfits, it’s good if you put effort into looking good. Sometimes I tell people, if you have to go for an Interview and you feel your wardrobe isn’t suitable for such, there is absolutely no crime in borrowing from your siblings or friends. It’s not like your employer would know you did borrow. This is to tell you how important it is to look presentable.
Your outfit is your first item in getting the job.I remember when my then boss was to conduct an interview. The moment the applicant walked in, my boss shook her head. And she’s the type to tell you the reason why you won’t/will be picked for the job. She politely addressed the issue of the lady’s attire which was ridiculously too casual for a job interview.
Before your next interview, make sure you aren’t wearing any of these apparels that might disqualify you before you’re called.
1. If you’ll be wearing a jacket/blazers, make sure the inner wear which could be your camisole or singlet properly covers your chest region. You’re really not going for a body show case. The upper part of your body should always be discretely covered to the fullest.
These goes for the men too. You don’t go to an Interview wearing a round neck/ v-neck top. Wearing a conservative shirt makes you look smart. Button up so traces of chest hair isn’t visible.
Avoid the colorful ties. You don’t want to be looking like a joker. The conservative ones will do just well.
2. Avoid excessive accessories: This is really important. You’re not going for a fashion event neither will you want to feel like you’re competing with your employers. Because trust me, we’re humans. Once these employers especially Nigerian women feel like you’re too much of a show off, you’re out.
Also avoid fixing fringe hairstyle or big hair. If you feel it’s too big, you could style it in a way it doesn’t cover your face.
Avoid heavy gold and dangling earrings. If you must use a neck piece be sure you wear a small one that isn’t too expensive. But to avoid an entirely ridiculous situation where you don’t get the job as a result of your jewelry, it is advisable you not put on any.
Avoid the dark shades even if they’re medicated. I’m sure putting them away for some minutes wouldn’t hurt your eyes.
3. Go easy on the perfume/cologne. It is important to smell good but it’s also very vital you know your limits with your perfumes. You wouldn’t want your Interviewer to choke off your perfume. It also shouldn’t be the first thing your Interviewer reckons with you.
4. Avoid heavy makeup: Ladies!! Heavy make up is a NO! NO!!. You’re not auditioning for an ushering job or a beauty pageant! You don’t want your Interviewer thinking you’re all face with no brains, especially a female Interviewer. Avoid your contour, heavy foundation and sharp lipstick. You can never go wrong wearing a nude lipstick.
5. The shoes are also quite important. If you’ll be wearing heels, definitely not stilettos. You could go for the cut shoes. Avoid the ones that click everywhere while walking. The men shouldn’t wear sneakers to make a fashion statement.
Avoid big handbags/portfolios-shouldn’t look shabby or in distress.