Are you aware that most people develop a lasting impression of you and what you are like on the first seconds of meeting you? And this is far way before you even say anything important..even before you have barely said hello. Apart from the body language, the rest trickles down to what you are wearing. In today’s job market, going for an interview is like going for a first date. Stakes are high, the bar is raised, and first impressions are more important than ever. Knowing what to wear on a job interview is half the battle for the interview itself.

Below are some important aspects to put into consideration when choosing what to wear for a job interview.

  • One, and often overlooked aspect for an interviewee’s first impression is color.
The color of your clothing sends a subconscious message to the interviewer about your personality and can play a big role on how you will be perceived in the interviewing process. Thumb rule; wear the right colors. Right colors help convey your confidence, professionalism and your versatility in fitting in. When choosing the color for an interview dress, consider solid colors over patterns. Make sure you are not remembered for your attire over your skills and qualifications.

Avoid colors that bring you out as the chief of a circus or worse a magician about to do his gig, rather, chose solid colors. Solid colors help ensure that your attire will not distract your interviewer. Solid navy, dark gray and black suits and dresses in particular look professional without being distractive. However, small patterns like thin pinstripes are ok as well, as long as the patterns are small enough to look like a solid from across a room.

  • Second point to consider is the traditions of the company.
Imagine a situation where you are dressed up for a rainy day, full with mud boots and an umbrella and then it turns out to be a hot sunny day. It feels awkward, right? The feeling of not belonging and ending up playing the role of a clown offering free entertainment, can be quite disheartening. Do your homework. What do the employees of the company you are interviewing wear for work? Armed with such information you will be in a good position to make appropriate choices in regard to your dress code.

  • Thirdly, if you want to get the job, your choice of what to wear on a job interview should match or be slightly dressier than the normal work attire of the company.
Appropriateness is the most important factor on what to wear for a job interview. Wear clothing that you feel comfortable and look great in, while at the same time matching the corresponding dress code of the company.

  • Finally, let us look at the dos and don’ts when it comes to dressing for an interview.
  1. For both men and women, do not show up in an interview donning clothes that look like they have been chewed by cow. Nothing gives away the lack of attention to detail than wrinkled clothes. Make your clothes are neatly ironed and pressed.
  2. Wear clothes that fit you well, not too loose and not too tight. Don’t dress up like you are casting for Santa Claus role.

  1. Avoid flashy jewelry. You will not want the interviewer paying attention to your “bling” rather than your qualifications and skills.
  2. The season of the interview should also govern what you wear. For instance don’t wear a stuffy turtleneck sweater in the middle of summer.
  3. For men shave and keep facial hair to a minimum. A clean haircut also makes you look well groomed.
  4. Avoid perfumes and aftershaves since you do not know whether your interviewer is allergic or not and of course this would not be the nicest way to find out.
  5. For panty outfits make sure your belt matches the color of your shoes.
  6. For ladies, avoid anything that is too revealing. Keep your body parts inside your clothing and too exposed. Do not give your interviewers a chance to form a not so good opinion of you before they hear you out.
  7. Make sure you wear appropriate lingerie too. This means there are smooth lines and no visible panty lines on your backside.
  8. Do not overdo in the makeup. Wear natural colors and avoid heavy eye-shadows, eyeliners and bright colored lipstick.
In conclusion, let the thought that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, be your guiding mantra when it comes to dressing up.