Dressing for a Job Interview
The job’s market is tougher than ever, so if you get to interview stage, well done! An interview means that the company likes you enough on paper to spend time getting to know you more. The impression that you make at the interview will go a long way to determining whether you walk out with a job or back at square one, so look online for top job interview tips. One thing that can’t be conveyed on a CV is how you look, and coming across smart, professional and in keeping with the position on offer is essential. Even if you’re interviewing for a job with a casual dress code, you will still be expected to present yourself well at this stage.
For men a suit is the obvious option – but don’t forget the smaller, additional touches. For example, a thin formal belt can provide the final finishing touch that makes all the difference. Select from many men’s belts at George at ASDA, with prices starting from under £5. When it comes to purchasing a suit, don’t break the bank. There’s no need to spend a fortune, especially if you won’t need to wear a suit on a daily basis for the actual job. The ASDA Suit Shop is a great place to find suit separates at amazing prices, including jackets from £20 and trousers from £9. With prices so low you could kit yourself with a full interview uniform, including suit, belt, shirt and tie, for less than £50. Presentation is key, so don’t forget to make sure that your tie is straight and your shoes shiny. Also, go easy on the aftershave and the hair gel – it’s a job interview, not a nightclub, after all. You’re aiming for a professional, reliable, smart image that will set you apart from other candidates, so make sure that you look like the man for the job!
While suits are just as suitable for women, female jobseekers can often get away with a less ‘uniform’ approach to dressing for an interview. Formal trousers and a smart blouse, worn with black ballerina or court shoes, are a failsafe option. Add a blazer as a good alternative to a plain suit jacket, with stripe, lace and animal print blazers all adding a personal touch to a pair of simple black trousers. Alternatively, for a more feminine look, a dress and blazer combination works very well. Take a look at the MODA collection at ASDA, for a selection of suitable dresses at just £16 each. The new MODA Floral Panel Illusion Dress is a stunning example, with an abstract, oriental feel print combined with a black outline. Wear with a black blazer and black courts for a look that’s sure to mean business! Monochrome is another really wearable look for job interviews. Choose black and white separates – pencil skirts, cigarette pants and elegant blouses are safe bets – and perhaps add a flash of red for a modern twist. Keep heels on the low side for comfort, and carry a bag big enough for your interview essentials, and you’re all set! When it comes to job interviews, looking the part will help you to feel the part. Dress like the job is already yours and, with a bit of luck, it soon will be!
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