February 2, 2015

How to Ace your Next Job Interview

Getting a job has been made to sound more difficult than it actually is. Although it’s an important aspect of life, it should not have to be a stressful one.
The fact that you have been called in for an interview means something interesting was identified in your CV. So you are already half way there!

A job interview is your opportunity to make a great first impression on your potential employer. Therefore, the old saying of “dress for success” is an integral and crucial part of the interview process.
 If you're wondering what to wear to an interview, the most important thing to keep in mind is that you must look professional and polished; dressed to impress without overdoing it. Ladies, keep the accessories at a minimum- it’s a job interview,  not a fashion show. Gentleman, make sure your clothes are PRESSED or IRONED, wrinkled anything is not a good look.

Do keep in mind that your interview attire depends on what job you're applying for, and no matter what the position, you should come in looking neat, tidy and well-dressed. And whatever you do, do not come in smelling like a cigarette; try to hold off on having a fag until after your interview. Hygiene might seem insignificant to you, but trust me it counts for a lot more than you think

For jobs in the creative industry like fashion, photographer, visual/multimedia design, journalist, editor, fashion stylist media etc… the attire is a slightly more relaxed compared to other industries, and it is highly influenced by what role or position you have applied for. For jobs in more mainstream industries, the attire is the same for pretty much everybody. Keep it clean and neat.

The basics for any interview are the following;
For men:
-Try to avoid wearing a pair of sneakers or anything of the sort to your interview, get a pair of formal shoes. They do not need to be the most expensive.
-A dress shirt (collared shirt) is an added advantage.
- Dark colored pants (I know photographers prefer jeans) and socks that are dark colored.
-Bring a blazer with you, if your interview is in an office environment you may need it.

For women:
Do not come in anything mini. Unless you applied for a job that clearly specifies that you will be wearing minis all day long.
-Try not to come in crocs, uggs, flip flops or the likes get a decent looking pair of formal shoes. A high heel is preferable to add some height and elegance but a formal loafer that will suit what you have on is acceptable.
-Do not over do your makeup, go for a subtle look, but of course put in the effort.
-Your hairstyle must be neat…sometimes you can get away with a hair color but nothing too loud and messy. Some hair colors, no matter how outrageous, can actually look very well put together if the hair is styled in a neat way.

The standard colors to wear for an interview would be naturals and neutrals. Boring? Yes, I know.  Luckily for us, we live in an age where color is no longer an enemy. You can incorporate rich and dark colors like burgundy/wine, emerald green, reds, navy blue, grey and pastels into your outfit. Again not to be added in great amounts but enough to make a striking difference.
 If mixing colors is not your strongest point, then keep your color palette as simple as possible to avoid being a sore eye.

The most important factor is to go as you, be confident. It is worth noting that you must know the position you are being interviewed for, if you are unsure, google it! The last thing you want is  not to have a firm grasp or understanding of the role.

If you need some inspiration for your interview attire, below are a few fashionable interview outfits for women to get an idea of what to wear to an interview;



#1- A more traditional take


#2-A modern take (advisable for an interview in the Fashion industry, for a junior or intermediate or any creative role)

If you have anymore tips to share, please do not hesitate to leave them below in the comment section!
I love to hear your ideas.

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