New job, new luck! Are you about to have an interview soon? Then you've probably racked your brains about what to wear to this important date. Because that is just as important for a first, positive impression as the conversation itself. We'll tell you the most important dos and don'ts that you should consider with your outfit.
The call or e-mail just came: You should personally introduce yourself to your possible supervisor and convince him of your professional quality. Of course, the preparation for possible tricky questions is now the alpha and omega. But you shouldn't forget what counts more when making a first impression than you might be aware of: the look. That may sound superficial and is of course, or hopefully, not the decisive factor in determining your professional future. In fact, a well-groomed, stylish appearance makes an impression and remains in the memory. Therefore, you should consider a few dos and don'ts with your outfit.
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Dos and don'ts: job interview & clothes
Thu: Dress typical of the industry
When it comes to your outfit, it depends of course on the professional field in which you want to work. If you are applying to a bank, an insurance company or similar conservative industries, then a cool powersuit or a combination of blouse and pencil skirt is the safe choice. You shouldn't go into too big fashion experiments here. Which of course doesn't mean that your look has to look old-fashioned! Cool business parts are also available in a subtly stylish presentation at H&M, Zara and Co.
Shopping tips for classic business styles with a modern twist:
If, on the other hand, you have an interview in a creative professional field, you have a little more leeway with styling – it is important that the look still maintains a certain seriousness. Tip: It's best to check the homepage or social media channels beforehand to see how the employees are dressed. You can act accordingly, but you should still make sure that your appearance is tidy and clean. Better a bit more chic than too casual.
Don't: show too much skin
We love sexy looks! They are also perfectly legitimate in everyday life or when going out, but they could torpedo your chances at the job interview. Deep necklines and extremely short skirts or shorts are difficult for an interview. They can very quickly distract from what is important – your skills! So try it with understatement. With sleeveless tops in summer, you should also check whether it suits the job and the company.
Do: set color accents
For a successful outfit, you should not only rely on the cut, but also on the right colors. Classically, many opt for muted, simple tones such as night blue, matt gray, black, white or beige. This is also all absolutely correct and usually does not guarantee any styling faux pas. However, if you want, you can add a colorful accent.
For example, how about a pink blazer instead of the eternally black classic? Or a shift dress with a subtle pattern? It is important that you just keep in mind: don't overdo it. If you limit yourself to a colorful eye-catcher that fits the overall picture, you are basically not doing anything wrong.
Don't: wear dirty or flashy shoes
If there is a classic business dress code, subtle pumps and simple loafers are still the safest choice for an interview. You should keep your hands off of open shoes such as flat sandals. This also applies to an interview in a “more casual” company. Here, however, you can also use clean (!), Single-colored sneakers. Classic strappy sandals can also be okay in summer, but then you should make sure that your feet are properly cared for. It is best to use the company dress code you are familiar with here too.
You can find the right shoes for your job interview here:
Do: wear tights with a skirt
This rule actually looks a bit old-fashioned, but still seems to be an important aspect for many HR professionals – especially in more conservative industries. Anyone who wears a skirt for the job interview should also wear sheer tights, preferably classic in nude or in transparent black. So the business look looks rounded.
Don't: Too many accessories
A filigree necklace, a pair of ear studs or a ring on your finger are perfectly fine for an interview. A special statement piece can also round off your look and give you that special something. However, you should be careful not to overdo it with the jewelry and other accessories such as scarves or the handbag. Better no glitter bling, no neon colors, no rivets. Here less is really more!
We have a few great accessories for you that go perfectly with clothing in the job interview:
At the interview you want to score points with your overall package. In addition to your specialist knowledge, the right outfit should not be missing. Under no circumstances should you pretend to be completely uncomfortable and force yourself into clothes that make you feel uncomfortable. The nice thing: once you've found a chic look that you feel comfortable in, you are guaranteed to master the interview with an extra dose of self-confidence!