Just as your CV sets up your first impression
when you are applying for a job, your job interview outfit is what creates the initial impressions when you walk into your interview.
While we would all like to imagine that we live in a world where appearance comes second to ability, how you present yourself at an interview matters. It’s the first thing your interviewer will notice
before you’ve even had a chance to say hello or shake their hand.
Wearing the right outfit will make sure you come across as polite and respectful, and show you’ve made an effort… wearing the wrong thing can cost you the job.
Here are 6 things you should never wear to a job interview.
1. Don’t Wear Jeans And A T-shirt
Of course, jeans and a t-shirt are comfortable, and in just about any other situation, the combo would make a perfect outfit, but it is a HUGE no-no when it comes to a job interview. Jeans and a casual tee can even make you come across as disrespectful, as if you couldn’t be bothered to put in the effort and you don’t care about getting the job. Don’t risk it.
2. Don’t Wear Yoga Pants Or Other Gym Clothes
Athleisure wear is having a huge moment right now and there is no arguing that a solid pair of workout tights could cost you more than a basic designer pantsuit. Price aside, your outfit should be showing that you are the right candidate for the job and not that you managed to squeeze in an interview between your workout sessions. Keep your workout gear (no matter how “fancy” it is) for the gym.
3. Don’t Wear Earbuds Or Headphones
Take out your headphones well before you enter the building in which you’re being interviewed, and don’t wear them while you’re waiting to meet your job interviewer. Earphones can make you come across as distracted, disinterested and unfocused. You certainly don’t want to be stuck pulling them out and fumbling around with a cord when you’re trying to shake hands with the person who, before this moment, could have been your new boss.
4. Don’t Wear Over The Top Make-Up Or Accessories
This one applies to both men and women. Peacock in your own time!
5. Don’t Wear Sneakers Or Thongs
This one goes back to the jeans and t-shirt argument. You’re not attending a casual lunch with a friend – your outfit needs to show that you recognise this, care and shows you want to get the job.
6. Don’t Wear Something Uncomfortable
We know, it seems confusing after saying no to jeans, tees, sneakers and thongs – but wearing something super uncomfortable could distract you throughout the interview process. You need to wear something that looks both nice and presentable, but if you’re going to be fidgeting and adjusting your outfit, you won’t have your mind on presenting your best self.
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