Making the perfect first impression at your interview
As the saying goes ‘you’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression”
So, when it comes to job interviews, this advice certainly rings true. And a big part of making a positive impression is making sure you look the part when you turn up for one of the most important days in the start of your career.
To help you pass the crucial ‘first 30 seconds test’, we spoke to some of the finest personal stylist in London, for their top tips on how to nail your job interview outfit:
Tip 1 – Wear a suit that fits
The number one faux pas when it comes to wearing suits is wearing one that doesn’t fit you.
Remember: the quality of a suit and how it fits defines you; and picking the right one can really make you stand out from the other interviewees.
So, time to ditch the family heirloom and invest in a new one. Just be sure not to overlook your measurements to ensure you choose the right size.
Tip 2 – Iron your shirt (properly)
So you’ve got a great fitting suit on and a brand new shirt, but there’s one thing wrong with this picture – your shirt is creased.
And it’s no good frantically flashing your iron over it five minutes before you leave. Creases are simply non-negotiable when it comes to interviews.
Not only will they completely ruin your outfit, they also don’t send out a great message when it comes to your hiring manager. After all, how are you supposed to get yourself organised in your new role if you can’t even organise what you’re wearing?
For those particularly pushed for time (and/or slightly lazy), I’d recommend trying a non-iron shirt. Just make sure you follow the care instructions.
Tip 3 – Keep your footwear formal and smart
Do: Wear a nice pair of Brogues, or Derby shoes. In terms of which colour to go for, select shoes that pair well with the colour of your suit – see our guide below.
Don’t: Wear squared toe shoes, really shiny shoes like patent leather, or shoes that are scuffed.
And always make sure you polish your shoes well before the interview. It really will make a difference.
Tip 4 – Get your work-wear in the sales
A new suit, shirt and tie could set you back a lot of cash, which can be hard to find when you’re working to a tight budget.
If you shop in the sales you find some great bargains and can easily halve that cost.
This way you can make sure you look the part, without breaking the bank.