Brenda Fergusson points out a tricks to make dressing for an interview stress-free and helping you keep your mind on the conversation:
– Research the company’s culture and dress code before the interview and choose an outfit that is a step more formal, to play it safe.
– Invest in a power outfit – depending on the industry and desired position, get a few outfits that are professional, comfortable and make you feel confident. So that when the time comes, you will not have to start from scratch and put your look together.
– Have a pair of comfortable and professional shoes ready, and “break them in” in advance. Wearing new shoes for an interview is risky, as your whole experience may be spoilt by foot pinching.
– Keep a light fragrance/perfume ready and use it on your outfit a day or two before the interview. Some people may be allergic to strong scents or simply have a different take on what smells nice.
– Pay attention to accessories: a watch, a thin chain or a modest necklace for women is a good choice. A classic watch and cufflinks for men are as well. Do not over-accessorize and draw attention away from your face by flashy jewelry.
– Your grooming is just as important as your outfit (neat hair, clean fingernails, polished shoes, no wrinkles on the clothes on so on)
– Posture and body language will complete the look. Practise a strong handshake, eye contact and a nice smile.