What NOT to wear to a job interview
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Last Updated on by Noni May
If you have an upcoming job interview, first of all: congratulations! Your CV and cover letter must have impressed. Now, it is time to make sure you impress in person. You have probably already done your research and practiced some questions that are likely to come up. But, have you thought about what you are going to wear? This is a critical part of any job interview, as you want to make a positive and professional impression. Keeping that in mind, let’s take a look at what NOT to wear when it comes to job interviews:
- Wavy, beach locks – While the wavy, beach hairstyle is very popular, it can look like you haven’t made an effort. When it comes to a job interview, it’s important to go for a professional look. If you have short hair that is hard to tame, you should consider tape in hair extensions. You can then go for a sleek, and minimalistic up-do. Tying your hair back in a neat manner will never fail.
- Something different from what the interview has suggested – If you have found this career opportunity interview via a recruitment firm, it is very likely that they will have an idea regarding what to wear to the interview. There may be a dress code in place or they may have already filled candidate positions at the said company before. Make sure you adhere to any rules that are in place or any suggestions that you have been given.
- Too many accessories – You may be a fan of statement jewellery, and lots of it, but less is most certainly more when it comes to a job interview. Stay away from jewellery that jingles and jangles, as this is only going to be a distraction. Instead, play it safe with a watch and a pair of diamante stud earrings, for example.
- Anything distracting – There is nothing wrong with showing off your personality with your choice of clothing. In fact, this is advised. There is no rule that says you have to stick to a monochrome colour palette (unless the company in question has actually enforced one, of course!) Nonetheless, you do need to be mindful regarding the colours and patterns you choose. Making a statement is fine, but being distracting is not. You don’t want your interviewer to be more focused on your clothing than you. This can easily happen if you opt for a busy pattern or an outlandish colour choice.
- Clothes that don’t fit properly – Nothing looks worse than ill-fitting clothing. It looks like you haven’t made an effort. Plus, you won’t feel comfortable or confident, and this will show.
So there you have it; some of the things you should never wear to an interview. Of course, the obvious points have not been covered in detail, but let’s go over them just in case! Don’t wear anything that is too revealing. Make sure your skirt is to your knees and that your chest is covered. Also, make sure your clothes don’t have stains on them. No one will employ you if you go into the interview smelling like smoke, or your cat or dog for that matter.
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