It’s a fact that “You never get a second chance to make a lasting first impression”. The first impression you make with regards to your appearance when presented to your interviewer can greatly impact the final outcome of your acceptance for the job you’ve applied for. Even emoluments are negotiated with your future employer stealing glances at your footwear!
There are some basic principles that should influence your choice of clothing when seeking to impress your future employer during a work interview. Shall we take a look at a couple?
Never take your prospective employer for granted
Attempt and pay the price.
The fact that you have been honored with the prospect of employment via an interview, it continues to remain a prospect until you receive your appointment letter. That said, it presupposes therefore, that effort must be expended at grooming well at right with the aim of impressing your panelist during the interview and in some cases after the interview.
Always conduct a background check of your prospective employer
A committed prospective employee will take out time if possible to investigate the dress code in the work premises of your employer. This gives you competitive advantage over the pack of interviewees
Know your dress codes
You need to know your formal, business casual, business formal, black tie, white tie, and casual dress codes to nail the look for your big day. If the interview for a business or financial position go with business formal. If it’s a semi-formal position go with the flow.
Choice of Suit
A simple two piece single breasted or double breasted suit is always safe to wear preferably in dark colours for a business interview. If you don’t have one hire one. It’s worth the investment. Your suit should be in a conservative color such navy color or a dark color
A short and trimmed hair is always a winner. These is not the time to sporty wave your hair, or have it glistering. Check the beard policy of the company to know whether to keep yours or lose it. Same for tattoos conceal discreetly. Absolutely no earrings, neck chains (or keep it hidden), bracelets and nose rings. A simple watch will do and for those married just your wedding band is in order.
Shoes should be kept dark and conservative. Learn to match your shoes with your belt. Combine your dark shoes with dark and not white sport socks or multicolored socks. A simple briefcase or folder to place your documents in is quite okay. Please no overly large case.
Your fingernails must be trimmed short and neat. Use a deodorant or an antiperspirant if you sweat a lot. You really don’t want the interview panel opening windows and doors as soon as you walk in. If you have someone you trust, ask to find out if you have any body or mouth odor and work on it. Chew on a gum to keep the breath fresh and cool.
EMMA ADDO-OWUSU (Mrs.)
She is an image consultant with key focus on providing personalized training to individuals and staff of business institutions with the aim of enhancing their professional, business and social image. She has over 8 years’ experience in the personal and corporate image management industry. She has provided numerous professional training to individuals, companies and organizations. She has also worked as: Former Columnist, Mirror Newspaper- “Fashion and Style Segment” Consultant “GTV Breakfast Show” Guest Facilitator – JOY BUSINESS MASTERCLASS SERIES ON – Personal Branding and Business Etiquette……….Founder – KOBADEM Image Training Institute