First impressions are E V E R Y T H I N G! You know how people say “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”? Well, in all honesty, most people do. And that’s just the cold-hearted truth–especially when it comes to an interview. If someone walks in with their hair messed up, wrinkly clothes, and smeared makeup….would you hire them? No.
If someone walks in displaying confidence and professionalism, then you are more inclined to hire them or at least listen to what they have to say during their interview. Mainly, when it all comes down to it, it’s about CONFIDENCE. Confidence is key, my friends. When someone exudes confidence, it’s hard not to look or notice them…am I right? If you feel good about yourself, look the part and know your stuff (about the company), then you’ve basically already got the job. Maybe not this specific one, but it’s coming! I’m not saying do all these steps below and you will land ANY job. But, your chances are way greater!
I’ve held many interviews and without a doubt, looked at the candidate from head to toe and noticed every detail of what they were wearing. Were their nails polished? Did they do their hair? How was their makeup? Did they take the time to get ready? Did they wear jewelry? Did they chew gum the whole time? (Don’t do that), Was their attire professional? Did they cross their legs? Did they look at me in the eyes? Yes….all of that! And, most people do look at every detail. Yes, I get it depends on what job you are interviewing for, but….I truly believe you should dress/act the same for all. It’s your FIRST impression. If it’s a casual attire job, it still wouldn’t hurt to dress up for your interview. In my opinion, it just shows that you care and took the time to get ready and are killin’ it at life. However, if dressing up just isn’t you and you go in there super dressed up, nail the job and then start dressing like a slob…no! Be your authentic self but at least put in some effort. If you really want the job, you’ll know what to do. And if you don’t, it will show.
Ladies, you can wear a dress, pencil skirt and blouse, slacks and blouse– whatever you feel your best in! I, however, feel my best in a dress! If you have a lucky outfit, wear that. If you’re anything like me, then you’ll go buy yourself a new outfit. It’s a special occasion and of course, you want to look your best. #treatyoself
To see more do’s and don’ts, scroll down below!
Wear something that compliments your body type
Wear light makeup
Wear light fragrance (lotion, mist, or my fav: BVLGARI)
Paint your nails (preferably a neutral color)
Have your hair done (no roots if hair is colored)
Brush your teeth and make sure there is no food stuck in them
Whiten your teeth (this may seem catty BUT, trust me, you can do it for cheap too)
Roll on lavender oil across your wrists (it helps calm nerves and anxiety)
Look the interviewer in the eye (stay focused)
Research the company (know your stuff!)
Practice (put on your outfit the night before, stand in the mirror and practice the interview)
Arrive at least 15-20 minutes early
Bring copes of your resume
Bring a notepad and pen
If you have a portfolio, bring it!
Drink some water right before your interview or during the waiting period (it helps calm nerves)
Breathe in and out (it will all be OK)
Think of the interview like a basic conversation (don’t stress yourself out, go in there and have a convo!)
*do your research though and know the in’s and out’s of company
Wear anything too short or too tight
Wear anything with thin shoulder straps (4 ringer rule for thickness of straps)
Wear anything leather (it’s fine later on but not for first interview…just don’t)
Show cleavage or too much leg
Wear something you’re not comfortable in
Wear a CRAZY pattern or color (stick with solid colors or a light pattern)
Spray an excessive amount of perfume on
Wear an excessive amount of makeup (keep it light)
Wear a TON of jewelry (keep it minimal)
Chew gum (eat a mint prior to interview)
Swear (keep it professional)
Wear uncomfortable shoes
Eat a large meal beforehand (don’t want the stomach grumbles)
Drink an excessive amount of coffee (you don’t want the caffeine high)
Dresses featured (top row to bottom)
Skirt & Jumpsuit Options
*For those daring, a classy jumpsuit would be fun! Maybe bring a blazer to throw on just in case.
I hope my little tips and tricks help! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below. xo!