You never get a second chance to make a first impression. We’ve all heard it. AND, it’s true. According to Forbes, 75 percent of hiring managers surveyed agreed, the number one millennial interview mistake is wearing the wrong clothing.
Does she look great and is she ready to go out for the evening? Yes … for a creative job interview? Maybe …. Is she ready for a professional job interview? Absolutely not.
This is a woman dressed in appropriate attire which, no doubt, will help her land the job.
Add classic black pumps and a structured black handbag and you are ready for your interview. The right clothes won’t guarantee the job; however, the wrong outfit can take you out of the running for your dream job.
Finally, once you have the job, continue dressing for the job you want, not the job you have. In a recent survey, 80 percent of executives said clothing choices affect an employee’s chances of earning a promotion.
Here are some general guidelines to help you make a good first impression in the job interview or internship:
Dress the part.
- Wear professional attire. Unless you are applying for a job in a very relaxed or fashion-oriented career plan on wearing a tailored suit.
- Ensure that your clothes are tailored to fit and that you are comfortable. If your clothes are ill-fitting or uncomfortable it will be difficult to concentrate on the interview.
- Purchase at least two suits so that you are prepared for a second interview.
Keep the focus on the interview.
- Jewelry should be conservative. Avoid flashy, large or distracting pieces. Less is usually more when you’re being interviewed.
- Skip the fragrance for the interview. Some people are allergic to fragrance and you don’t want to be the one to cause the interviewer to have an allergic reaction because of your fragrance.
- Wear neutral color nail polish, if any. Avoid too much make-up.