First impressions are definitely the make or break ones, especially when you’re arriving for an interview for a new job. This may be the first time your potential boss is meeting you, and you want to make a great, standout impression. You can easily do this and get your foot that much closer to a name tag by wearing the right things to a job interview.
Don’t wear a white shirt. Everyone wears a white shirt for an interview. First of all, if you’re nervous, you’ll sweat right through that bugger and it will get noticed. Secondly, the person before you wore a white shirt, and so will the one after you, so you won’t be any more memorable than the other potential applicants. If you want to stand out and be taken seriously for a job interview, wear the right colors.
Red, black, and grey are the kings of interview colors. Why? Because they’re bold, serious, and have that “management” look to them. You want to go into a job interview looking like you should be the one on the other side of the desk, so you want to wear the bold interview colors that will get you there.
If you’re female, wear a black dress suit with red heels, or a black skirt with a grey or red shirt. Fellows, wear black dress shoes always (not brown) and black socks (not blue or dark brown) and if you’re wearing a white shirt with your grey or black suit, get that red tie in there. Always avoid meek colors, like pink, light blue, white, yellow, mint, and if you are wearing socks wear black or grey only.
Women, get that hair out of your face, men, don’t overdo it on the gel. You want to look put together and unafraid of challenge, which is what presenting your full face shows. Pulling your hair into a tight ponytail or for men, parting your hair for church (rather than combing it forward or slicking it back) shows you mean business. Your bold colors, a firm handshake, and well-kept hair ensure you are positive and ready for your new position and are just waiting for a start date.
Avoid too much jewelry, perfume, and cologne. If painting your nails, do a clear coat only, and both sexes need to have their nails clean and short. You won’t get hired with hooker nails or dirty nails, no matter how qualified.
Always keep in mind that what you wear matters to get you into your (hopefully) new job. Stick to bold, vibrant, “management” colors and stray from white, which is what everyone else will be wearing. When your color palate has a winning attitude, so do you, and you may find yourself leaving with a handshake and a “Welcome to the company!”
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