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The Elements of Interview Success – Tip 1: Dress ImpressYour carefully crafted CV is what landed you the interview, but on...
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The elements of interview success tip 1 - dress to impress

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Your carefully crafted CV is what landed you the interview, but once you walk in the door of a prospective employer’s office, you can no longer rely on just your list of specialised skills or impressive work experience. In part 1 of this series, we offer top tips on how to dress for success so you do yourself justice.

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The elements of interview success tip 1 - dress to impress

  1. 1. The Elements of Interview Success – Tip 1: Dress ImpressYour carefully crafted CV is what landed you the interview, but once you walk in the door of aprospective employer’s office, you can no longer rely on just your list of specialised skills orimpressive work experience. In part 1 of this series, we offer top tips on how to dress for success soyou do yourself justice.Why first impressions matterLike it or not, your interviewer will make up their mind about you within 30 seconds of first meetingyou, and this decision will be largely based on your appearance.Many people will think that this is an unfair way to assess people, but this is your chance to gain anedge on your competition. If an employer has a group of candidates who are all qualified, withsimilar skills and work experience, how do they decide on which person to choose?By dressing well, you will make a good first impression on your interviewer, which will set the toneof your interview. The way you present yourself will make you stand out from other applicants, andin a fiercely competitive job market, any advantage you can give yourself could be the differencebetween landing and losing the job.The planning stageJust like any other stage of job hunting, research is imperative to your success. What is the companyculture like, and how does this influence the dress code? Call the organisation in advance to seewhat they expect you to wear, or do some research on their website. If you dress like you alreadywork there, then it will be easier for your interviewer to picture you in the role.Make sure to prepare in advance. Choose a few outfits that may be suitable and then try them on,assessing each look based on these factors:  Do you still look like yourself?  Do you look like you could work for the company you’re interviewing for?  Do you feel confident?  Do you feel physically comfortable in the clothes?  Are the clothes in good condition, and do they fit you properly?If you answer yes to all of these questions, then you’ve found the right outfit. Prepare in advance bymaking sure it’s washed, pressed, and ready to go.Need some help? Tips for interview-friendly attireFor the ladies:  Keep it professional by choosing high necklines and low hemlines  If you’re known for your accessorizing, try to tone it down. Lots of jewellery is just more to fiddle with, which could be distracting for your interviewer  Suits look smart on any body type
  2. 2.  If you go with a dress or skirt, wear tights  Put on some makeup: use a little foundation, blush, mascara, and lipstick. This will create a polished look and draw attention to your face, allowing your potential employer to focus on what you’re saying  If you’re comfortable walking in heels, then choose a modest, business-appropriate pair. If you have a hard time keeping your balance, a flat shoe in patent leather will work since they look smart with a suit  Make sure your nail polish isn’t chipped – this always looks messy and will reflect negatively on you  If you twiddle with your hair, tie it back so it doesn’t distract you in the interview.For the gentlemen:  Wear a fitted, dark suit. The fit is important; if your jacket is too big, it gives the impression that you’re playing dress-up  Make sure your shirt is lighter than your jacket and tie  Choose a tie with a subtle pattern  Refrain from mixing any patterns  Shine your shoes; studies have revealed that women check out people’s footwear when they first meet you. This is a great chance for you to make a good impression on your female interviewer.For everyone:  Outerwear: This is the first thing your prospective employer will see. Make sure that your coat and hat look professional as well. Show up in a classic-cut pea coat or modern trench, but leave windbreakers and other types of casual coats at home  Have glasses? Put them on: A study by Henleys eyewear revealed that 90% of people believe that those with glasses are attractive, intelligent, and approachable, while 1/3 of adults think glasses make people look professional  Keep it simple: Don’t wear any items that are unnecessary or may be a distraction to you or your interviewer  Your success is in the bag: Refrain from colourful backpacks with logos that may make you appear juvenile or unprofessional. Sport a bag that is neutral, compact, and complements your outfit.Anxious about your upcoming interview? In part 2 of this series, we’ll discuss the different types ofinterview styles you should be prepared for, and offer tips on how to best handle each one.For more interview tips and for the latest HR jobs please visit Changeboard.com

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