You have written a CV that has got you noticed, one of the first hurdles to get over to get your new dream job. You have the Face to Face interview booked and the next hurdle to jump but what do you wear to make a good first impression? 
 
 
 
You have written a CV that has got you noticed, one of the first hurdles to get over to get your new dream job. You have the Face to Face interview booked and the next hurdle to jump but what do you wear to make a good first impression? 
 
Read our top four tips to dress to impress at interview. 
Plan and Prepare your outfit: 
Do not wait until the day of your interview to throw on the old faithful suit that no longer fits or has a beer stain down the front from your best friend’s wedding last summer. Try on and prepare your outfit in time to come up with a back-up plan if needed. You do not need the extra stress levels rushing around ironing a shirt 5 minutes before you set off, it is likely to be noticeable in your interview and recruiters could sense and misconstrue this stress. 
 
If you outfit is planned and prepared you will have time to get dressed at a relaxed pace and use the extra time reading back over your interview notes one last time. 
 
First Impressions count: 
If you are not sure what to wear you should go for a conservative look such as tailoring… suit, shirt, tie, dress, blazer and smart leather shoes. It is best to be slightly overdressed as the interviewer will see you have made an effort, if you are underdressed it could come across as if you are not bothered about the job or the company and could cost you the job offer, remember it only takes a few seconds to make an impression. 
 
Less is More: 
A conservative look is always best when it comes to your hair, makeup and jewellery choices, try to keep your look professional. You do not want the interviewer to be distracted by your accessory choices and give them a reason to reject you for somebody else, just as capable to do the job but without the distractions. 
 
This also applies to your clothes and shoes, go for items that are plain and muted in colour, greys, blues, black and white will help to give off the look of professionalism. Ensure your outfit is clean, ironed and neat. 
 
Make sure your hair is neat and facial hair is trimmed, no signs of last night’s dinner in your beard is always a good start. Perfume and aftershave should be kept subtle, in small interview rooms you do not want to overpower the interviewer and leave them gasping for air. 
 
Comfort = Confidence: 
It is important to be comfortable, the interviewer will be able to tell if you are uncomfortable, they may not know it is your outfit that is making you feel this way, they could interpret as lack of confidence and this could raise concerns for them. If you feel “sharp” in your outfit this can help you to feel and come across more confident. 
 
Deciding what to wear can be difficult, especially if it has been a long time since you last had an interview but if you follow these simple guidelines you will be making the most effective first impressions possible. 
 
Good Luck!! 
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