It’s Monday, perhaps the most dreaded day of the week for a lot of people. For some though, Mondays signify the beginning of possibilities, a chance at a new career and that interview they’ve been waiting for, to set them on the right path to success!
For such people, you have your interview date memorized, time checked and venue located. You have all your credentials printed with extra copies for effect and you might have even asked your friends to do a mock interview for you which you passed with flying colours. All that’s left for you to decide is what to wear and this is where things might get dicey.
A lot of people go for austere-looking outfits all in the name of not being flashy and some go for pretty flashy looking outfits just so they won’t be interpreted as boring or conventional.
As much as your dressing largely depends on the organisation you’re being interviewed for, there are certain DONTS that are general, no matter the organisation.
This post highlights five things you shouldn’t wear when going for an interview.
This applies to all interview types, be it casual and formal. Sheer fabrics take the attention away from the confidence on your face and your general carriage. Instead, they focus it on areas that should not be exposed during an interview. This is an outright no.
Whether they are a pair of Loubs/Dior or you’re dying to make the ‘I-Have-Luxurious-Items’ statement, uncomfortable heels are a no no! In fact, any pair of shoes you have worn only twice because of how hard it is to walk in, shouldn’t and mustn’t be worn for an interview. You have to walk comfortably in order to project confidence and what would your reason for falling flat on your face or going the Cele way (going bare-feet because of blisters) be? Be guided.
Plunging Necklines/ Mini Dresses or Skirts
I mean, you wouldn’t want your opportunity of getting a new job to take a plunge down the drain or perhaps your exposed cleavage. Plunging necklines are a no no for interviews for reasons which are similar to the ones for the sheer tops above.
Jeans/ Extra Flowy Outfits
It doesn’t matter what power blazer you’re pairing it up with or the fact that you have on heels to go, Jeans/Denim conveys a certain lackadaisical attitude and can translate into a poor impression of your personality. Even if you’re applying in the media or at a start-up (two incredibly relaxed environments), the very least you can do is swap your jeans for a chic peg leg pants.
The same goes for flowy outfits as they project a kind of sloppiness and won’t give you the sharp and disciplined look you should be going for.
Elaborate Accessories/Hair Ornaments/Makeup
The purpose of an interview is most likely to test your adequateness for the job, your composure level and also your smartness. As much as being smart entails being properly dressed, the use of elaborate jewelries and hair accessories can be very negatively distracting, thus it is advisable to go for the barest minimum when it comes to jewelry and makeup.
Have a beautiful week ahead!