Snap! In a microsecond our brains have a way of interpreting, sensing and computing every little detail. When you take that into account, you understand how important first impressions are. Heading into that all important interview or big meeting at work, before you pick out your outfit, ask yourself, “how do you want to come across: a professional career woman, artsy/on the edge or right in the middle?” Your answer should correspond to the company you are interviewing with. Do your homework to better understand their dress code norms. Then follow these five steps to dress how you want to be addressed.
- Make the time to get outfitted. Start by checking your own closet, pick your favorite outfit then give it a thorough once over. Ask yourself these questions: Is it aligned to the organization’s dress code? Does it fit? (sadly sometimes this can derail you in your tracks) Do you feel like you can rule the world in it? If it’s a go – great, press it and set it aside. If not, it’s time to head to the professionals. If you love to shop, fabulous, you’ve got this. If not so much, check out some of the mainstream shops like Banana Republic, Anthropologie and Ann Taylor. Ask their sales team for help. We did exactly this when we were getting ready for our television interview with Kare 11 and we had so much fun. They can save you time, money and they’ll have some fun knowing they’re helping you sell yourself. A good interview outfit (and some simple, yet stylish accessories) will pay dividends in the long run so it is worth the investment.
- Keep your hair simple and professional. The day before the interview is not the time to try something new.
- Get a manicure. If you don’t like color, go clear. It shows your attention to detail.
- Skip the perfume. Even your signature scent doesn’t belong here. Your interviewer could be incredibly allergic to perfume and this is not the time you want to find that out.
- Your shoes, interestingly, studies have show you may be making an unintentional statement with your shoes. Are they clean, new, cheap-looking, scuffed all over? Your shoes should be new(ish) and match your style (if you aren’t used to wearing 3 inch stilettos, now is not the time to try to pull them off). They help pull all your hardwork above together, keep it simple and you can’t go wrong.