Win the first impression during a job interview
For all of you that haven’t seen The Devil Wear Prada, there is a very iconic interview scene, where a young graduate stands in front of a very intimidating potential boss, stuttering the thought of how she could be qualified for this assistant role. Although academically an outstanding graduate, she was rejected immediately after one glance. “You have no style or sense of fashion.” Ouch!
Although candidates don’t actually need to wear a pair of D&G heels to get a coffee for the picky editor in chief, nor to dress up in Armani suit to impress the hiring manager. Remember, first impressions count. According to a recent UK report by The Undercover Recruiter, it may come as a surprise to learn that 55% of your interview performance comes from non-verbal clues – how you dress, how firm your handshake is and even the way you walk through that door to greet someone for the first time.
The moment you walk in the room, you are being judged first and foremost by your entire presentation. It shows your attitude towards the interview- if you are really keen about the chance to meet and discuss your experience and qualifications with your future boss, or have come in because you got a call from HR. It also reflects your understanding about the company and the role- have you done your research on the working environment or company culture, and dressed accordingly? Having said that, even attending an interview for companies like Google you would still need to show up in a suit, although you would probably be able to go to work in jeans and polo shirts later- but let’s save that after you receive the offer!
Tips to make the best impression;
- Do not show up in your wrinkled clothes. Interviewers will always notice in the first instance if your shirt or skirt is poorly ironed.
- Dress in fitted clothes. Do not wear trousers that are too short or shirts with too long sleeves.
- Avoid too much perfume, just in case your future boss is not a big fan or allergic.
- Always pay attention to smaller items, like the tie or the belt; ensure they match your outfits and shoes.
- For women, choose natural colours for your makeup and try to avoid flashy jewellery.
- Make sure you show up with a clean haircut as it will make you groomed. For women with long hair it would be a better idea to tie it up or simply keep it tidy. You don’t need rainbow coloured hair to show your personality.
- For men, make sure you shave and keep facial hair to a minimum.
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