In today’s increasingly competitive job market, making the right impression is vital.
We all know that first impressions can count for a lot but did you know that a prospective employer may form their opinion about you within seven seconds? The fact is that they could make up their mind about you before you’ve even said a word.
The visual impact you make at interview can mean the difference between success and failure. This is why picking the right interview outfit can be as important as background research.
We believe that if you look and feel your best, you’ll be better placed to deliver a winning performance. Dressing with confidence sends out positive signals to any prospective employer.
Here they share their top tips for presentation and dress…
Top tips for creating a strong impression
Status and power can be conveyed by height and posture so stand up straight with your shoulders back and head held high.
Look and smile
A smile will create the impression that you are friendly and approachable, while engaging in eye contact indicates interest and openness.
Maintain a firm handshake – according to research it can take up to three hours of continuous interaction to develop the same level of rapport you can achieve from a single handshake.
Top tips to dress for interview success
- Go for a plain or pinstriped suit in navy or charcoal, making sure it fits you perfectly.
- Make sure your trousers are hemmed to the correct length.
- Wear a white or light coloured shirt – plain or patterned – making sure you’re wearing the correct collar size.
- Choice of tie can express individuality but play it safe – nothing too bright or garish.
- Avoid novelty cufflinks.
- Don’t forget to shave, cover up any tattoos and remove piercings.
- Go easy on the aftershave.
- Wear a skirt or trouser suit in a neutral colour, such as grey, navy or black.
- Choose an outfit that suits your body shape. Softer shaped jackets will compliment a curvier figure, while a more tailored jacket suits more athletic, angular bodies.
- Ensure your trousers are hemmed to the correct length – not too long, not too short.
- Inject some colour into your look with your choice of shirt. Plain or patterned but nothing too loud.
- Wear tights or stockings in a neutral shade.
- Shoes with heels can look more sophisticated than flats but opt for a pair you’ll be able to walk confidently in.
- Make-up and perfume are good – but don’t overdo it.