A face-to-face interview is one of the crucial steps to securing a new job. Therefore, it is important to set the right tone from the moment you arrive.
Since first impressions are primarily based on what we see, your appearance can influence the hiring manager’s decision.
With this in mind, you should navigate your interview look from head to toe.
The first step to making a good impression is dressing appropriately. Wearing an outfit that does not impact favourably, can negatively affect your confidence and performance. Although some workplaces are less strict about their dress code, they may expect you to dress up for the interview. Hence, if you are unsure, lean towards a formal style.
A well-made dark suit that fits you perfectly can remarkably contribute to your professional appearance. Worn with a well-pressed white dress shirt and a contrasting tie, the suit makes a powerful statement.
Choosing the right footwear is equally important. A pair of comfortable and elegant dress shoes evokes a sense of professionalism and reliability. Teamed with a matching belt, leather oxfords, monks or brogues offer a polished image.
Admittedly, even expensive clothes lose their effect if they are mismatched, wrinkled or stained. Preparing your outfit the night before your interview ensures it is neat and clean.
When it comes to non-verbal communication, grooming has a significant impact as well. A firm handshake calls for clean and trimmed nails. A slight smile adds a touch of freshness to your clean-shaven face or well-groomed beard. Neat and clean hair should be brushed away from your face. A clear bright face that does not have any type of obstruction, delivers a sense of honesty and trustworthiness.
As for the body odour, it should be clean and simple. Hence, wearing your favourite cologne may be too overpowering for the occasion. Applying a good deodorant after a shower is enough for lasting freshness.
In fact, looking in a certain way impacts not only how other people perceive you, but also how you feel. Your neat appearance may significantly boost the overall presence by making a powerful, positive and lasting impression.