The first minutes of communication is a very important moment, on which not only hiring a new job depends, but also further relations with the authorities.
The future employer meets us “by dress”, so it is very important not only to behave correctly at the interview, but also dress so that the first impression is as favorable as possible.
It is generally accepted that the first impression about a person is the most correct, he should be trusted. But did you know that it is formed literally from the very first seconds of communication and that 90% depends on how a person looks and how he behaves (facial expressions, postures, gestures)? Psychologists believe that it is almost impossible to change anything later. Therefore, the first minute and a half of communication is a very important moment, on which not only hiring a new job depends, but also how further relations with the authorities will develop.
The main general rule for overall appearance is neatness. At any interview, it is better for a man to appear clean-shaven, with a neat haircut and well-groomed hands; a woman - with styling or a simple hairstyle, light natural make-up and neutral manicure (very long nails and bright varnish are not recommended - it is better to choose a calmer option). Fresh clothes and clean shoes are also required items on the program.
Now more specifically about the clothes for the interview. There are a few key points to consider in this matter.
Style of clothes
Different companies have different requirements for the appearance of employees. In some you cannot appear without a tie, in others no one will pay attention to even worn sneakers and jeans. Despite this, it is better to choose a restrained business style for interviews in any organization. Ideal for both men and women - an elegant trouser suit. It is better to choose a calm, neutral color - classic black, gray, asphalt, deep blue. In this case, it is better to choose a shirt or blouse in a light, not bright, pastel colors.
A business suit in itself conveys a serious attitude, forming an appropriate impression of us. In addition, the suit helps us to tune ourselves internally to the work process, business communication. A small snag is that there are organizations where free, original clothing style is welcomed, and businesslike is perceived as too conservative and ordinary. This is commonly found in companies that operate in creative industries. For example, design or advertising - where the activity is connected with creativity and originality of thinking is important. This should be taken into account when preparing for an interview. In this case, you can slightly diversify the image with some bright accent, which will be a kind of distinctive sign that distinguishes you from the crowd. Nevertheless, it is still recommended to stay within the framework of a neutral clothing style.
It is recommended to adhere to the principle of neutrality in the choice of accessories. For men, the main accessory is a tie. It should be bright, but not flashy, and go well with the suit. Bracelets, chains and earrings are considered unnecessary details for men.
For women, restraint in accessories is also important - the abundance of jewelry does not make a very good impression. Therefore, you should focus on medium-sized earrings - perhaps in a set with a discreet pendant or an elegant necklace. It is better to avoid massive, too bright decorations. You can decorate the lapel of your jacket with an elegant brooch, which will definitely create a beautiful accent, but in this case, you should no longer wear anything around your neck.
In a single tone
It is important to choose the right shoes and bag. There is a fashionable tendency according to which a bag and shoes should not be the same in color and texture. However, an interview is still a very formal situation, so it's best to match these details to each other. At the same time, it is desirable for women that the bag was more strict, clear-cut. It is better to refuse small handbags, clutches, bulk bags, bags with an abundance of details (rhinestones, zippers, rivets, key chains, etc.). For men, a classic business briefcase or a diplomat is suitable.
As for footwear, low-heeled shoes are recommended for women (stilettos, platforms, wedges, etc. - not the best option for an interview). For men - classic shoes, not too modern or sporty. It is recommended to avoid the currently popular patent leather, as well as ornaments under the skin of reptiles or snake skin itself - at an interview it may look somewhat vulgar.
The finishing touch to any look is perfume. How we smell strongly affects how others perceive us, because a person reacts to smells and aromas even on an unconscious level. Smells can alienate your future boss from you, create a bad impression of you with a too harsh or simply unpleasant scent. Therefore, it is best not to use perfume or eau de toilette at all before the interview. Deodorant, which has a less pronounced, light scent, will be enough.
In addition to wearing the right clothes, how we behave is critical to creating a good impression. Smile, posture, eye contact with a potential employer - these non-verbal manifestations are very conducive to further communication. During the interview, you must definitely monitor your posture - it should express confidence, calmness, not be constrained. It is better to keep your back straight and not cross your arms over your chest, as this is a sign of being closed. To calm down and avoid unnecessary nervous movements, you can take a pen and a notebook with you to the interview and make notes - this will help "keep your hands occupied" and hide your anxiety. So good luck with your interview and remember - first impressions are the best, so don't miss the moment!