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If in doubt, leave it out!

How many times have you looked at someone and formed an immediate judgement of them, based on what they were wearing? How conscious are you to make that all important first impression?

In an ever changing world, we cannot shy away from the fact that we are ultimately judged on someone’s initial view of us and we therefore have two choices… The first being to ignore this and the second to do something about it. Our point of discussion today is on choosing what to wear for that all important job interview. Take a look below at some of our tips to ultimately dress for success; some of them may appear explicitly simple, but that doesn’t take away from their importance!

1. NEVER turn up to an interview without having ironed your clothes

2. Don’t have too much skin on display – you don’t want the interviewer(s) to be distracted!

3. Ensure your nails and hands are clean and well presented

4. Wear clean (and non-scuffed) shoes

5. Don’t wear something that might be distracting – put yourself on the other side of the desk!

Perhaps most importantly… Make sure you feel GOOD in what you are wearing. There is nothing worse than looking and feeling uncomfortable. After all, you want to make sure you are able to give your very best.

While your ability to do a job is based largely on experience and skillset, remember that initial impressions may leave a lasting mark. Of course, choosing precisely what to wear for an interview will depend on the nature of the role and the culture of the organisation and there is nothing wrong with showing a little of your personality through your attire, but make sure you research the company beforehand – check them out on LinkedIn, explore photos of existing employees and see how this compares with what you would choose to attend an interview in.

Ultimately, your decision will be based on the type of role you are applying for. Naturally, you will want to dress professionally for an office job whilst you may have the luxury to dress more informally for a role in retail or fashion. However, our overriding message from today’s post is this: If in doubt, leave it out!

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