“So, what would you describe as your greatest weakness?”
Interviews can be quite stressful- from arriving on time to sharing articulate and well-thought-out responses to complicated questions; there are a lot of things to consider when preparing for a job interview. Your physical appearance is the first thing that people notice about you, paving the way for your entire interview experience and informing the first impression people get: this, in turn, is hugely dependant on what you’re wearing. When you’re looking for a job, it’s vital that you show off your best side to recruiters. Here are 5 top tips for how to choose appropriate interview wear!
- Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.
That is to say, keep it classy and professional. Dress similarly to present the boss at the job you’re seeking, with a polished and tidy edge. If you’re unsure, opt for overdressing rather than underdressing.
- Keep it industry-appropriate
Different jobs have different needs. What works for one industry does not necessarily work for another. Do your homework about the company to gauge the style of dress you’ll need.
- Keep it cautious
When choosing an interview outfit, err on the side of caution: rather dress too formally or conservatively, than arrive and realise you are completely underdressed!
- Pay attention to detail
Keep your look polished and neat. Neatness is often seen as a sign of respect, and this is doubly important for an event like an interview. Don’t wear ripped, wrinkled, stained or ill-fitting clothing and make sure your nails and hair are clean and tidy.
- Don’t go overboard
Your outfit needs to compliment your personality and your experience, not detract from it. Avoid attention-grabbing items with bright colours, bold patterns or too many accessories. Keep your look simple and elegant.
The first interview hurdle? Done. Now that you know how to dress professionally for an interview, you’re one step closer to getting that dream job.
Professional Sourcing is a top-tier South African-based recruitment agency operating internationally, IPM accredited, LEVEL 2 BEE RATED and 51% Black Owned.
Our agency specialises in professional placements (senior and specialist talent) and exclusive skills recruitment to a wide range of industries, including JSE’s top 100 companies, SMEs and the Public Sector.
Our agency specialises in professional placements (senior and specialist talent) and exclusive skills recruitment to a wide range of industries, including JSE’s top 100 companies, SMEs and the Public Sector. -- Patricia Koekemoer