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If one of your big goals for 2022 is getting a new job, you may have many interviews in front of you. To give yourself the best chance of success in these situations, it’s vital to prepare not only potential responses to common questions and research the companies you’re trying to get hired by but also determine practical interview outfits.
Here Are Some Top Tips You Can Follow to Dress Appropriately For Your Next Interview
Understand The Company You Hope To Work For
Before deciding which of your current wardrobe outfits to wear to an interview or going shopping for new plus size clothing, petite suits, or other items, it’s wise to do plenty of research on the company you’re applying to work for. You need to do this anyway to get an idea of how to answer questions when meeting with the managers or recruiters, but this investigation also helps with fashion selections.
Learn what you can about the firm so you have an idea of their company culture, the vibe they put out, and if they may potentially have any kind of dress code that you should abide by. What you wear to an interview with a company that is all about creativity, connection, energy, and youth, for instance, will be very different from what’s appropriate for an interview with a serious law firm where most lawyers spend a lot of their time in court, for instance.
Don’t Show Too Much Skin
Regardless of where you plan to interview, though, it’s crucial not to show too much skin. You don’t want to give the wrong impression and make people think that you don’t know how to dress accordingly for serious situations or that you might show too much skin on the job and prove a distraction to colleagues, clients, and the like. It’s always better to err on the side of caution than to be too raunchy and regret it later.
Depending on the place you’re interviewing with, it’s likely fine to show your legs from the knees down and your arms from the shoulders down, but in most cases, you won’t want to wear a super-short skirt or a dress that shows your back, decolletage, arms, and legs all at once. It’s best not to wear crop tops or other clothing that exposes your midriff, too.
Wear Something You Feel Comfortable And Confident In
Next, think about what makes you feel good about the outfits you own. Interviews are stressful situations as it is, so the last thing you need is to wear clothing that makes you feel self-conscious because it’s a bit too tight, you can’t feel like you can breathe properly, it isn’t your usual style, or otherwise doesn’t sit right with you, physically or mentally and emotionally.
To perform at your best in the interview, pick an outfit that makes you feel as comfortable and confident as possible. Avoid itchy fabrics that will have you wanting to scratch at your skin and clothes that don’t fit right and require you to keep pulling them up or down, etc. Pick colors you know suit your complexion, and think about items you’ve worn that have generated a lot of positive feedback from others in the past and that help give you the confidence boost you need.
It’s also helpful to think about where you’re going to have your interview, the likely office climate, and the weather on the day. You don’t want to wear an outfit that will make you get hot and sweaty and look less than your best or something that will leave you cold and shivering and unable to concentrate properly for that reason.
It’s even more vital to choose clothing carefully if you happen to be going to an interview held in part or the whole time outside or in more extreme conditions, such as in a room with ovens or freezers, lots of bright lights, or an open-air pavilion or park, etc.
Some other tips to keep in mind when dressing for an interview include avoiding excessive accessorizing and too much fragrance or makeup and ensuring you pay attention to your grooming. You want your clothes to be clean and pressed and your hair neat and tidy, among other things. Polish your shoes and use a well-looked-after or new bag, too.
Following these steps will help you make a good impression and feel more comfortable in your own skin to relax and show some of your personality during your interviews.