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Dress to Impress - Fashion Tips for Job Interviews

The way you dress for an interview can play a vital role in the success of the meeting. Although your skills and knowledge relevant for the job position are crucial, the appearance is the first impression you give to the employer. Dressing inappropriately for the job interview can be perceived as a sign of disrespect. Also, it can disqualify you right from the beginning in the eyes of the interviewer as the first impression you make is not a positive one. Undoubtedly, it should go without saying that your job interview outfit should be clean and ironed as you wish for the employer to perceive you as a professional and serious candidate. However, there are also a few etiquette rules and tips to ensure that your appearance on the day of the interview will be flawless. Read below the following tips if you are struggling to decide on an outfit for your upcoming job interview.

Dress for A Boost of Confidence

The purpose of dressing up for a job interview is not only to impress the interviewer. The way you dress can, and should, be a thing that boosts your self-confidence. Dressing professionally can offer you a mental comfort that will make you feel more confident in your own strengths during the interview. Also, it can help you relate better with the professional atmosphere at the work environment of the job that you candidate for. Therefore, it will put you in the right mindset that will encourage you to bring out your best performance.

Research the Company

Researching the company before your job interview is certainly important. You need to gather relevant information that might pop up during your conversation with the interviewer and will show that you are serious about the job and respectful of the company’s culture. If you are passionate about Forex trading, you already know a lot about different companies and you know who’s who in the business world. Use that information in your advantage. However, the culture of the company can also be a significant help in choosing the best outfit to wear. If you are still not sure what to wear, you may also call the company’s human resources department and ask for a few recommendations on what you should wear. 

Choose Colors That Flatter Your Skin Tone

Although a job interview doesn’t rely on how well-dressed you are and the way you look, you can use your appearance to look more interesting for the interviewer.  Specialists say that attractive people tend to be more successful as they are usually hired sooner and get promotions more quickly. It is only a psychological trick which you can use in your advantage during the interview. Attractive people tend to be wealthier as they are more likely to arouse the admiration and appreciation of others. Therefore, you should choose to wear colors that flatter your skin tone and make your face pop. You can use this tip as an accent to your outfit to increase your attractiveness.

Don’t Wear Too Much Perfume or Cologne

Wearing too much perfume or cologne can be a sign of lack of common sense no matter the occasion or event that you prepare for. Especially when you are in a close room, the smell of a perfume which is too conspicuous tends to become extremely disturbing. You may never know if your interviewer might have an allergy or aversion to strong scents. Therefore, if you do not wish for your interview to end sooner than expected due to the strong scent of your perfume, you should go light on it. The dab of your cologne should be the last thing that your interviewer notices about you.

Be Careful About the Casual Style

Job interviews usually require candidates to dress formally. Formal outfits tend to be perceived as a sign of professionalism. Your fashion style can speak volumes about your level of professionalism and ambition, especially if you apply for an executive position. They indicate that the candidate respects the norms and expectations of the company upon professional appearance. However, in the last several years, some companies have started to have a more casual approach to formal outfits at job interviews. Although the suit and tie for men and the shirt and formal trousers or skirt for women are the most common interview outfit, business casual can also leave a good impression. A nice polo shirt and a pair of khakis with the appropriate pair of shoes can be the perfect business casual outfit for your upcoming job interview. 

Don’t Overdo Your Makeup

Makeup is an important part of your appearance, especially if you want to cover the dark circles under your eyes that show how little you have slept the night before the interview. However, overdoing your makeup can signal your interviewer that you have no idea that you are in a professional work environment but rather prepared for a night out with your friends. Your best bet is to keep your look as natural as possible yet with a refreshed and awake look. The idea that your interview makeup should not be too loud or disrupting will save you from leaving a bad first impression to your interviewer.

Pay Attention to Accessories

Although accessories are important for your outfit, whether you are a woman or a man, too many of them can ruin your outfit. Therefore, accessories should be kept to a minimum. Avoid excess jewelry as they might make your outfit look unprofessional for the occasion. Make sure that the accessories that you are going to wear are not too large or distracting. This way you ensure that your interviewer does not lose their focus during your meeting to constantly stare at your accessories.  

Dressing appropriately for your job interview is vital for your success. Your outfit can symbolize professionalism, respect for the company, and even confidence. Your appearance will not only show that you take the job position seriously but will also show that you wish to make a good impression and fit nicely in the corporate culture of the company.

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