What’s on the inside may be what counts, but you only get one first impression and the best way to do that is to be well put together on the day of your interview. Obviously, you and your clothes should always be neat and clean on interview day, but here are a few more tips to help you make a fantastic first impression.
For the Ladies
Keep it simple
Choose a simple dress or suit (pant or skirt) you’re comfortable in and accessorize accordingly. You don’t have to wear a turtleneck, but any necklines should err on the side of conservative. When it comes to your accessories, it’s best to keep them simple. A job interview isn’t the time for your best diamonds or biggest earrings. Go for a few simple pieces or a single statement piece.
It doesn’t matter if you wear a classic pump, ballet flat or boot, but your shoes should be close-toed. If you opt to wear your heels, keep the height appropriate–no need to break out your 5+ inch stilettos. A modest 2-3 inch heel will do nicely, no matter how tall you are. More than likely, you’ll want your shoe to be neutral in color, but there is nothing wrong with showing your personality by rocking a fun-colored shoe with a neutral colored suit or dress.
Don’t try anything new
The day before or day of your interview isn’t the time to try out a product you’ve never used before. You may find that a new perfume stinks or find you are allergic to that new face lotion. On the day of your job interview, you want to be feeling confident and looking your best, so stick with a tried-and-true look and let your confidence do the rest.
For the Gentlemen
Now is the time to break out your power suit and tie, and the cufflinks if you are feeling extra fancy. Don’t forget the iron—nothing ruins the look of a good suit like some pesky wrinkles. You should always wear a collared shirt (not a polo) and a tie with a suit jacket to an interview. However, there are exceptions to every rule. If you’re interviewing in the heat of summer, it’s probably safe to ditch the suit jacket.
Break out that razor
We’re not saying you have to go to your interview totally clean-shaven, but the day of your interview is definitely the day to shave and trim any resident facial hair. This goes for the nose and ears too, fellas. But be careful not to cut yourself!
Don’t try anything new
This rule doesn’t just apply to the ladies. Interview day isn’t the day to attempt a new hairstyle, drastically change your facial hair or break in your new shoes. Stick with what you know works and what makes you feel best about yourself–your confidence will be sure to shine though.
Visit the South College career center for additional help preparing for your interview. You can practice your interview skills during our mock interviews and have your resume critiqued by our counselors. Contact us for more!