With just seconds to make a first impression, appearance and attitude is everything! We’ve all heard it said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however, there are just a few guidelines when it comes to dressing for the part you want, not for the part you have. Internationally applauded fashion designer Tom Ford said it best when he said, “Dressing well is a form of good manners.” By being selective in your attire you control the narrative. You ensure your appearance is aligned with your core values and sends the right impression.
Here are some top tips for acing the first impression and making it last:
1) Company Research- Fashion Designer, Rebecca Minkoff says, “Appearance matters for the environment you’re in!” (Inc.com) and our clients agree. Do your research about the company you’re applying for and get a glimpse of what their corporate culture is. Do they wear three-piece suits or are jeans more their style? Social media is a window to the company, so start there.
2) Prep- If you’re buying a new interview outfit, make sure to have it dry-cleaned, ironed, and ready to go the night before your big day! The evening before your interview, layout your complete outfit including any accessories, and portfolio, resumes, pen, laptop and keys. Make sure your laptop and phone are fully charged. Review your resume and any key questions for the interview. Prep an oopsies kit! Have a few essentials including a tide pen, mints, eye drops, lip balm, tissues and a mini deodorant. You never know when you might need them and if you do, you’ll be glad you were prepared!
3) Practice- If your new role requires a suit and heels or a tie and vest, and you’re not used to wearing them, take your new ensemble for a sample strut. Walk around in your heels, or practice tying your tie until you feel more comfortable. You don’t want to show up to an interview tripping over your new wedges or fidgeting with your collar.
4) Dress to Impress – Take pride in your appearance. If that means purchasing something new to complete your ensemble, then do so. Dressing for the part you want and not the part you have will show potential employers your dedication to your work and pride in your appearance. Plus it will give you confidence on interview day.
5) Be confident- Remind yourself of all your great skills for this new role and all you have accomplished. Of course, your best accessory is a smile! If you feel self-conscious about your pearly whites, use an overnight whitening tray so you can show up confidently and eager to ace your interview with that mega-watt smile. Best of luck!