When you’re applying for a job, it’s usually your resume and qualifications that will get you in the door for an interview. But once you get inside, it’s often more about selling yourself than showing how you’re uniquely qualified for the job. One great way to help your interviewer see that you’re a perfect fit for the job is to look the part. To help you with this, here are three tips for looking the part at a job interview.
Err On The Safe Side
One of the most important things to remember when dressing for a job interview is to match your look to the industry you’re interviewing for. For example, if you’re interviewing for a job as a general contractor, you’ll likely dress differently than if you’re interviewing for a celebrity stylist. However, Allison Doyle, a contributor to The Balance, recommends that if you’re unsure about exactly how to dress, you should always err on the side of dressing too formally. If you dress too casually, it can appear that you don’t take yourself or this opportunity as seriously as you should.
Be Aware Of Your Accessories
To make yourself appear more professional, you may want to consider what accessories you choose to wear to your interview. If you wear something that looks or is cheap or trendy, you may not be giving off the best first impression. However, if you choose to wear a classy piece like a watch or necklace, you could look give a far better first impression. Additionally, Robert DiGiacomo, a contributor to Monster.com, suggests that you ensure that your shoes are shined and that they don’t distract from your appearance but add to your overall look of competence and professionalism.
Keep Scents To A Minimum
In addition to how you look, you should also be careful with how you smell. Having scents that are too overpowering can make your interviewer not enjoy being in the same room with you, let alone want to hire you to work with them. Knowing this, Lisa Quast, a contributor to Forbes.com, recommends that you don’t wear any cologne or perfume to your interview. Also, try not to eat anything that will give off an unpleasant aroma or use soaps or lotions that are very strong smelling. Not only could this be distracting for the person interviewing you, but you also don’t have if anyone in that office or organization has an allergy which you could be exacerbating. So to be on the safe side, try to keep any scents to a minimum.
If you have an interview coming up, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you look and feel your best for the occasion.