The interview is the first step in your career and a time when you must pay particular attention to how you are dressed. When you walk into an interview the product you are marketing is you; therefore, taking time to ensure that you are dressed appropriately will give you the competitive edge. It's no secret that how you look has everything to do with the impression you make.
When it comes to getting a job, every detail matters - your cover letter, your resume, your skills, how you present yourself and how you look. You will want your potential employer to view you as competent and you will want he or she to feel confident you will fit the organization.
Since all businesses do not have the same dress code, to make a good first impression do some investigating and find out how the employees dress and follow their lead, but dress just slightly better. Wear business-like attire, avoiding flashy colours, bold prints, logos and keep jewelry to a minimum. Carry a nice attaché case or folder to hold your resume and examples of your work.
* Wear a conservative suit in a solid color.
* Wear a long sleeve shirt in a muted color.
* Even if you never wear ties, wear one for an interview. Remember, this is not a time to wear your musical tie
* Wear dark socks with clean, polished shoes
* Your fingernails should be trimmed and clean.
* Keep aftershave to a minimum
* Prepare your clothes for the interview the night before and try them on. Don't leave anything to chance.
* Before you leave home check yourself in a full-length mirror to make sure everything is in place.
* Carry yourself with confidence; stand tall with your shoulders back. Portray a successful image by paying attention to details.
When you are prepared for the interview your self-confidence will become apparent. Taking care of how you look will give you one less thing to worry about so you can concentrate on selling your skills.