Companies, especially large corporations, still maintain the dress code in their day to day workplace. If you want to be part of these companies, you will have to make a good impression in the job interview. For this, not only you must take care of your clothes, but also their color.
When it comes to creating a first impression, time is of the essence. Research shows first impressions are made within seven to 17 seconds of meeting a person.
As you prepare for job interviews, you want to do everything possible to make the best first impression you can. It means not only you need to impress the interviewer with your skills and experience, but also you have to look the part.
The clothes you choose will convey an image and the first impression about you. So it is vital to dress in a way that ensures that the impression transmitted is the one you want to create.
Here are 15 job interview attire mistakes to avoid that will help you make a great first impression during your next job interview:
1. Wearing black shoes and a brown belt (or vice versa).
This is a very common mistake men, and some women make when selecting an outfit. Your shoe color should always match the color of your belt for an interview.
2. Wearing a blazer and pants or skirt that don’t match.
It’s very important the color of your pants and blazer should match. Don’t wear a pair of khaki pants and a black blazer to a job interview.
3. Wearing bright colors and bold or crazy prints.
Wearing bright colors to an interview can send the wrong message to an interviewer. For example, if you wear red during in an interview, it can come off as powerful. Employers suggest that the best colors to wear during an interview are blues, grays, or browns.
4. Wearing a garment that’s too big or small.
Ill-fitting clothes are also a mistake job seekers make when selecting an outfit for an interview. Try to avoid wearing tight-fitting pants or shirts, pants or skirts that are too short, or blazers that are too tight, too long, or too short.
5. Carrying a backpack instead of a briefcase or professional bag.
When bringing items to an interview, make sure you use a professional tote, portfolio, or briefcase. Employers don’t want to see backpacks, fanny packs, or unprofessional messenger bags or purses that would distract from your appearance.
6. Wearing a revealing top (mostly applies to women).
Women, be especially careful when selecting your tops. You don’t want to wear anything too short or with a neckline that’s too low.
7. Heavy makeup on women.
If you’re going to wear makeup to an interview, make sure it’s natural. Avoid wearing bright lipsticks, bold eye shadows, or heavy eyeliners.
8. Hair isn’t neatly groomed or out of the face.
Men and women both need to make sure their hair is out of their face and neatly groomed. Men also need to make sure their facial hair is neatly trimmed.
9. Accessorizing with obnoxious pieces.
It’s okay to accessorize your outfit, but don’t wear something obnoxious such as a necktie with a sports logo or large, neon pink earrings. If you want to stand out, use simple accessories that don’t distract from your overall appearance.
10. Wearing open-toed shoes.
Open-toed shoes are another mistake job seekers often make with their interview attire. Especially for women, make sure you don’t wear peep-toe heels or sandals to an interview.
11. Short-sleeve dress shirts.
Short-sleeve dress shirts should be avoided at all costs during an interview because they are unprofessional. And whatever you do, don’t wear a tie with a short-sleeve shirt because this is also very tacky.
12. Forgetting to wear nylons (applies to women).
Although nylons seem like a minor detail, women need to wear them no matter what. Nylons make your look more polished and professional.
13. Not wearing matching socks (applies to men).
It may look like a minor detail, but men also need to remember to wear matching socks. For example, if you’re wearing a black suit and black shoes, make sure you’re stockings are also black. Men should also avoid wearing brightly colored socks that are distracting or too short.
14. Forgetting to pull the tags from your new suit.
Make sure that before you leave for your interview, all the tags and extra buttons are removed. You want to avoid letting the interviewer know you bought a new suit just for the interview.
15. Rolling up your sleeves.
Never roll up your sleeves for a job interview, regardless of how hot you may feel. Rolled-up sleeves are merely unprofessional.
By avoiding these simple wardrobe mistakes, you’ll be better prepared for your next interview. Just remember to keep your outfit neutral and avoid wearing anything that would distract the interviewer.
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