Whether you are looking for your first job, or your tenth job, an interview can be a daunting prospect. You need to know your CV inside and out, and will need to practice answering questions that might not even get asked on the day. You’ll want to be confident, engaging and knowledgeable, but you’ll also want to leave a lasting impression on the interviewer with your professional attitude and appearance. It’s no surprise then that so many of us fuss for hours about what we are going to wear for our interviews, and whether our accessories and make up are too subtle or too brash.
I’ve been interviewing candidates for jobs for going on ten years now, and I’ve seen everything from the just-out-of-bed look (complete with messy hair and zip up hoodie) to a designer metallic silver suit (perhaps a little over the top for office wear!). Finding a balance is important as it shows that you can fit in to the organisation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have personal touches to give you the confidence you need to succeed. I’ve got a few tips on how you can look and feel fabulous at your next job interview.
Start from the bottom up
There are technically two “bottoms” you can start with: the lowest part of your body (which is your feet), and also the clothes you put on first (which is your underwear). When you are looking for interview shoes, you’ll want to make sure they fulfil a number of needs. Firstly, you’ll want to make sure they look smart; flip flops are not suitable office attire. You don’t have to stick with black, although this is a traditional shade for the more formal business; depending on where you are going for an interview you could also look at bold colours like red or dark blue. The second consideration for your shoes should be how comfortable they are, and whether you can walk in them easily. The last thing you’ll want to do is trip and fall when you are going to shake your interviewer’s hand.
Now for the other point: your underwear. This might sound strange as you won’t (and shouldn’t) show this to your interviewer, but it can make a big difference to your outfit, and your confidence. If you are looking for straight lines, control pants such as Spanx might be your best friend. If you want to wear something underneath your outfit that makes you feel like a million pounds, look for matching womens underwear sets such as feminine bras and french knickers.
Don’t forget what’s on top
You’ll need to wear something on top of your gorgeous underwear though so try to pull together an outfit that is sophisticated and sensible. Think about the potential of wind blowing up your skirt, or your shirt being see-through. Of course take care not to crease or stain your outfit before you show up to the interview – you’ll want to leave the right lasting impression! Also consider your hair as this should be clean and neat.
About the author : Amy Frederick is an HR Manager from Birmingham, UK. She tells us that her own interview lucky charms are wearing red womens underwear as well as wearing her diamond earrings.