Black Tiger Affair: Interviews, impression
Interviews are always nerve-racking. After college, we all want that job that made going through college worthwhile. First impressions are everything.
A good first impression starts with dressing well. Since appearance is the first thing a potential employer will see before you open your mouth, you must dress for success. If you are unsure how dressed up you should be, it is better to be overdressed then underdressed. Above all, everything should fit. Avoid bright colors, such as red or orange. It comes off as aggressive and can cause undue attention. Stick with cool colors when possible. Green means money and blue means cool. Wear darker colors, but try to avoid black.
A simple style will ensure your interviewer is focusing more on you than your appearance. Being conservatively dressed for a job interview is one of the few instances to be (overly) trendy. Think, “less is more,” and keep it simple. Be sparse when wearing accessories. A necklace or a watch is all you need. The objective is to have the potential employer focused more on your face. If you wear cologne or perfume, use it lightly or not at all. It’s not a date, one spray is enough.
Though your attire should be conservative, wear at least one item that stands out without being obnoxious. It could be anything ranging in different colors, patterns or details. For women, try a necklace that is trendy but does take away attention from your face.
Being the 21st century and all, it is debatable if women must wear suits. Dresses and skirts are fine as long as they are conservative and don’t go any higher than right above the knee. If you’re unsure, wear a blazer over it. For men, wear a conservative striped or patterned tie with a tie bar. Nothing says authority like a tie. Also try a pocket square. If you go for the pocket square, use only the box fold, because it is subtle. Dressing well is only the first step to making a great first impression. The rest is up to you. The perfect outfit is not good enough for an unprepared interview.
Remember: firm handshake, eye contact and smile. Go get ‘em, champ.