Fashion do's and don'ts before a job interview

Here's what you need to keep in mind before choosing your outfit for an interview...

Updated on Jun 01, 2017   |  03:32 PM IST  |  570.8K

The first impression is a lasting one. When you go for a job interview, what your prospective employer first sees, really does matter. Employers would always choose a presentable, well-groomed person over someone who is shabbily dressed, giving off the vibe of not being serious about the interview. 

If you have an important job interview coming up, and just can't seem to decide which outfit would be appropriate for the day, put your stress to rest, as we're here to save the day!

Keeping in mind that what one wears to an interview creates an image or perception of the type of person he/she is, choosing your attire is critical to presenting yourself as the right candidate for the job role you are applying for. Considering all that and more, today, we've come up with a list of fashion dos and don'ts before your big day and if you follow these simple tips, we're pretty sure you'll be dressed to impress, and will be successful in making a positive impact on your future employers. 

Check it out! 

1. Firstly, assessing the kind of industry that you work in is crucial. If you're applying for a job in a creative field, there's more scope to play around with colours and looks, as compared to the corporate industry, that requires you to have a more serious and formal approach. 

2. If you aren't too confident about carrying off an entire formal look, like a pencil skirt and blazer, don't hesitate to break your look down to a semi-formal one. Dark well fitted classic denim with a solid colour tee and a blazer thrown over could also do the trick! 

3. When it comes to hair, try to be as neat as possible. If you're travelling to the venue by public transport, go for a hairstyle that won't get ruined by the weather (frizzy due to heat or unruly due to rains) and opt for a well combed back combed styled ponytail or perfect bun. However, if you prefer your hair open, carry a comb along, just in case you need to quickly tidy up. 

4. If you're wearing a shirt or any fabric that is prone to get crumpled, make sure you iron your clothes before the interview. An unpressed shirt is a big no-no and you'll definitely be judged. 


5. When going for an interview, make sure you don't overdo the makeup and end up looking like you were going to a party but changed your plans last minute. Keep it clean and simple. Make sure you look fresh and lively. A lighter lip colour and neatly out eyeliner is a good choice. No wings, no hot reds and definitely no blush! 

6. While people give a lot of importance to their clothes, there are many who don't put enough thought into footwear. Footwear speaks volumes about a person and it's in your interest to wear shoes that are clean and of course comfortable. If you cannot walk well in heels, this is definitely not the time to try. A pair of simple, classy closed shoes are the best option, but just in case you want to experiment with open ones, ensure that your feet are clean and your nails are painted. 

7. Avoid jewellery. Don't over accessorise, as it can be distracting for the person you speak to and there are high chances of you looking way too flashy. If you must wear jewellery, a small pair of stud earrings and a classy wristwatch is more than enough. 

8. Never over do the perfume. You want to smell good but not be over powering. Choose a subtle yet sophisticated smelling one and just a few sprays on the wrists and neck is good enough. 

9. If you're wearing fitted trousers, wearing the right undergarments is very important. While a thong is the best way to go, for those who aren't comfy with that, opt for a seamless one which won't give you those weird, unflattering lines that are visible from behind. 


10. Just like your feet, your hands too need to look presentable. If you don't have enough time to get yourself a good manicure, paint your nails at home. A soft colour and no glitter, please! Chipped or dirty nails are a psychical turn off for anyone, so don't be surprised if you get the insulting stare down, if you happen to go like that. 

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