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Dress to impress: How to create a good first impression at a job interview

Wed 07 November 2018

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First impressions count, and if you want to impress an interviewer, then the way you dress is important. Here are some top tips on how to create a good first impression at a job interview.

Prepare your outfit in advance

Decide a few days before your interview what you are going to wear so that you can have it ready. Depending on the company, they might not expect you to wear a full suit and tie, but you should still look smart. If in doubt, go for something simple, smart and plain.

Test your outfit for comfort

If you have bought a new outfit, or it has been a while since you wore your outfit, then try it on and walk, sit and move around in it. This will help you work out whether it is going to be comfortable enough to sit in for an entire interview, make sure it doesn’t itch or rub anywhere, and check it isn’t too loose, too tight or too hot.

Check your outfit for stains

Make sure you have washed your outfit and checked that there are no visible stains anywhere. You don’t want to wait until the day of your interview to put on your shirt, only to find a coffee stain right down the front.

Iron your outfit

Iron your outfit, so it looks neat and free of creases, then hang it ready to wear the day of your interview. Ironing your outfit in advance means you have less to do on the day, which will help you feel more relaxed.

Clean your shoes

Make sure that you don’t ruin the look of your smart outfit by wearing tatty or dirty shoes. Give your shoes a quick clean and polish before the day.

Wear Layers

You don’t want to be sat shivering or sweating during an interview because the room is either too heavily air-conditioned or too overheated. Wear a layer that you can easily slip on or off, such as a blazer, cardigan or suit jacket. This way you will feel more comfortable.

Make sure your hair is tidy

Wash and brush your hair; show the interviewer you have made an effort as this shows you care about the job. If you keep touching your hair because it is getting in your eyes or mouth, it will distract you and the interviewer, so style it away from your face.

Avoid distracting accessories

Big hair accessories, jangling jewellery, wacky tie designs and other noticeable accessories can distract the interviewer. You want them to focus on what you are saying, not watch your earrings swinging around every time you speak.

Be yourself

It’s important that you look smart but also that you feel comfortable. If you are not used to wearing a full suit, shirt and tie, then you may feel awkward and the interviewer might pick up on this. Choose something that makes you feel confident and comfortable, but still shows that you care about getting the job.

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