Dress one step higher than the position for which you are interviewing.
You have probably heard the saying, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This holds true for the job interview as well as in everyday life. You only have one chance to impress your interviewer and, in turn, one chance to be offered the job. Your appearance could make or break your opportunity to get hired; so here are some suggestions you can follow to project that winning “first impression.”
- Shower and brush teeth before the interview.
- Use breath mints; avoid smoking and eating foods that may be offensive.
- Keep makeup conservative and natural looking.
o Women: hairstyle should be styled tastefully. If long, wear it up or pulled back.
o Men: hair trimmed within the last week (avoid that “new hair cut look”) freshly shaven.
o For men: remove all piercing.
o For women: one pair of earrings per ear and remove all other piercing.
o women: simple, conservative and to a minimum. Avoid distractive jingles and movement. Limit to 2 rings per hand. No ankle bracelets.
o men: consider the company/industry. Keep it simple, conservative and to a minimum; one ring, nothing very large.
- Fingernails should be clean and neatly trimmed. Avoid extreme lengths and choose neutral or natural colors.
- Cover visible tattoos.
- Wear scents sparingly (better not at all). Some people have allergies.
- Have clothes freshly ironed or pressed.