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How To Dress To Impress For Your Next Interview
The outfit tips that will boost your career prospects.
Art Stuff 22 May 2019

The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. Before you say a single word, as you step into the office of your interviewer, you have already made an impression based on how you’re dressed. When you have your heart set on the perfect role, the last thing you want is to feel under-prepared and under-dressed.
Here are our top tips on how to choose the perfect interview outfit.
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Find out if you should be under-dressed or over-dressed 
First thing’s first: you don’t want to look out of place. If you wear a suit to an office where the rest of the office are wearing jeans, you’re probably going to feel rather awkward. It could even seem like you don’t understand the company’s culture.  Unless you are interviewing on a casual Friday that is. A great way to find out what the best attire is, is by looking at what other employees are wearing in their LinkedIn profile photos and checking out what people are wearing on the company’s ‘About us’ page.
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Dress for yourself first
Clothes are a great way to reveal your identity, which is the perfect way to ooze confidence. So, showing up to your dream job interview will be benefited by a confidence-boosting, personality-showcasing ensemble. Stick to a silhouette that you know works for you because that familiarity is a powerful tool even in the most nerve-wracking scenarios. When something really suits you, it shows that you know who you are, and that confidence shines through. It can also show how you conduct yourself in so many other capacities.
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Sensitive senses
It’s not all about the clothes you are wearing. The way you look, feel and smell can have a positive impact on your emotions too. Spend your morning pampering yourself before the big day and picking out your favorite signature scent. A pamper sesh will also help calm your nerves.
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It’s about the details
It’s all about the details, so polish your shoes, make sure your nails are neat and iron your shirt and trousers. A clear closet and a clear idea of what you’re wearing, fully steamed and ready to roll, will give you a clearer mind on the big day.
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Make materials matter
It’s a great first step to have the correct outfit on underneath, but what if you’re meeting outside or in a freezing air-con office in a thin blouse? Best to make sure that outer garment game is strong and that you’re prepared for all temperatures. Also go for natural fibres that feel comfortable on the skin, so you’re not squirming around itching on your chair.
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Look to accessories
Whether it’s a statement pair of earrings, a bright lipstick or killer handbag, pairing an otherwise plain outfit with an exciting accessory is a great way to add texture and personality. Jewellery is an especially great way to personalise an outfit, especially if the pieces you’re wearing are vintage or have some sort of sentimental value.
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Being comfortable is key
How comfortable you feel should be your main focus, so when deciding what to wear for an interview, choose items that give a confidence boost and make you feel like you’re living your best life! Choose clothes that won’t make you self-conscious.While most of us will put our hands up to buying an entire outfit for an interview – you don’t want to spend the interview being distracted by those too-tight trousers, and the sticker showing on the bottom of your shoes.  Try out your outfit beforehand to test out the obstacles you may face before your interview to save yourself from embarrassment and an uncomfortable situation.  You will also never know how far you’ll have to travel to your interview, so pick shoes that you can really can go the distance in.
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Add a colour pop
Bringing a splash of colour to your outfit is a great way to boost your well-being and self-esteem. If bright colours are not your thing, then why not add a pop of colour through your accessories? Bright colours can also help to lift your complexion, leave you looking even better. Try to avoid neutrals if you’re feeling nervous. Boost your mood with bright tones that make you feel amazing. Some shades have been proven to instil a sense of chill, like calming hues of blue.
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Text by Peigi Mackillop
All images via @nordicstylereport, @oraclefox, @sabine_marcelis, @shotfromthestreet, @adenorah, @monicaainleydlv, @alicezielasko, @sophiaroe

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