The biggest confusion one could have is what should I wear for a formal presentation or interview. Sometimes even after great preparation and owning an awe-striking portfolio we still miss out in impressing or rather say, creating a memorable presentation in interviews. This is exactly where what you wear comes to help!
Does what we wear for an interview matter?
Whether you like it or not, but the fact is we are judged even before we utter a word, or while we walk through the door and sit in front of the interviewer, or even before we submit our files- on what we wear. It is quite natural and lets’ agree that all of us do it too. Maybe not exactly judging a person with what he/she wears but an impression is created in our mind with the attire they wear. And the fact is we all do want to create a better image of ourselves. As the saying goes the ‘first impression is the best impression’.
Thus it’s very much important to wear the perfect outfit to slay the interview. Now, don’t get me wrong here. Knowledge is undeniably the most important factor to nail an interview. But a well-dressed person with knowledge is someone companies can never say no to!
And in the competitive world that we live in, with almost everyone equally talented and knowledgeable, what we wear does matter.
Importance of wearing the right outfit!
When you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, the confidence and cheerfulness in you are overtly expressed. It also gives higher regard for you making one remember you even after interviewing 15-20 people.
Doesn’t it brighten up your day when someone says that you look good in what you are wearing? Don’t you feel the urge of confidence pouring out of you? That’s what a right outfit provides you with!
Here are a few tips you may want to follow to help you choose the right outfit for your interview.
Matching the attire with the job profile
You surely don’t want to show up in a casual t-shirt and track pants for a business interview or in a formal suit for a sports trainee interview. Understand what designation you are being interviewed for and match your outfit to that. Most of the time we are respected for what we are wearing so it is important not to go overboard with your fashion skills, especially for a formal interview. You can also check the company’s dress code, if any, and wear accordingly. Even then if you are totally confused, let me help you- Conservative styles can never go wrong!
Vibing with the seriousness of the event
Do not show up in flashy colors and glittery decoration. Creating an impression is not proportional to gaining all the attention. You surely don’t want them to think you are irrelevant to the company’s code of ethics. The attire should speak out how important this job is for you! Try not to create an image which tells you have taken the whole interview thing as a joke!
Most of the people go wrong here. Your nervousness and enthusiasm could let you either overdress or underdress twirling up all the mayhem. Sometimes watching the other interviewee’s costume waiting next to you can cause adrenaline rush wanting to overdo your makeup or hair at the last minute. If these things bother you very much here is what you should understand:-
Less is more
Keep it simple and humble. Minimalism is on trend so there is really no need for heavy makeup or fancy accessories that make others focus a lot on your outfit than you! Let less is more be your mantra here. A simple pantsuit in case of men and shirt with an a-line skirt for women is definitely a yes! ( Again this depends on what job you are being interviewed for). If you are being interviewed for an internship or college selection, less formal attires are accepted.
Key tip for men: Always match your pants to your belt. This makes you look quite professional and a lot taller (A added plus).
A key tip for women: Try not to go for free hair ( Unless you are in an audition/interview to join the film industry). A ponytail or a bun looks more groomed. Also, free hair can cause a lot of disturbance.
Neutrals and Pastels never cheat on you
Worried about what color to choose? Neutral colors like black, white, grey are timeless classics. You can always rock on them. But if you are one who is sensing the rising youth who finds neutrals boring then pastels can be your go-to. Pastels are soft, delicate and classy. Flashy, poppy, quirky outfits can be saved for your party and not for an interview.
How you feel wearing what you wear
Feeling comfortable and confident in what you are wearing is an important factor. Do not wear clothes that are too tight which could restrict your moments. Clothes which make you feel conscious are definitely not the one you should pick. Most often people do categorize a few of their clothes as their lucky charm. If you have an emotional attachment to clothes like that it’s great to wear them as it can deliver a better aura of you!
A well-groomed look is what you want to create. From ironed blazers to polished shoes, everything matters. A minute detail like dirty fingernails can be a turn-off. Knowing what looks good on you and slaying it accordingly is a sign of professionalism. If you are going to give a group presentation at your college or anywhere for that say, coordinating the dress with all the members does show how well-prepared each one of you are. It creates an impression of oneness which is important in teamwork.
All’s well that ends well
A small presentation at your college to internship/job interviews to business group discussions- what we wear and how well we carry it matters. But the important thing is never to forget to wear your ‘Smile’. A pleasant and cheerful face sets an optimistic feel in one’s mind. A well-dressed man with a grumpy face is not the ‘get -the -job’ look we are trying to create! Pull out the best from your wardrobe and wear it with a smile. As everyone is looking for the soft skills in you in the workplace, portray yourself as a pleasant, decent and charismatic person. And trust me, the job is yours!