They say that “you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.” However, in the world of job interviews and recruitments, human resources have an equally important saying: first impression lasts.
A job interview is something you’d like to take seriously if you want to have a good chance of getting hired. With hundreds of applications piling up in companies, the HR won’t bother dealing with someone who treats his or her interviews as a joke. Along with other necessary preparations such as researching about the company and preparing for possible questions, preparations for what to wear has to be considered as well.
The right outfit should be able to convey your confidence, professionalism, and enthusiasm about the company. Although wearing items from well-known brands such as Dolce and Gabbana will help you make an impression, an expensive attire is definitely not a must.
Depending on the company, it’s best to wear colors and styles that fit their motifs. Look for a company’s corporate profile and base your attire from there. It’s also best to go with neutral colors and minimalistic styles- you don’t want to be too bright or distracting.
However, don’t be afraid to be trendy and fashion forward –it is possible, after all, to express yourself and look professional at the same time. If a company has no specific dress code, then the goal is to dress to impress. Here are a few colors and styles that are relevant to today’s modern job interviews:
1. Go for the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year.
It is your lucky year because the Pantone Color of the Year for 2019, Living Coral, is a hue that’s definitely office-worthy. Living Coral may be a vibrant color but it is also mellow and exudes warmth and comfort. This is the perfect color to ‘humanize’ a business attire. Pair a classic dress suit with an inner top in Living Coral to make your appearance less cold and more approachable. If you’re a guy, do not be scared off from wearing this feminine hue. Paired with a good set of business suit, a button-down shirt in Living Coral will add softness and warmth to your overall look.
2.Ditch the designer bag – go for bamboo.
Are you a fan of luxury brands when it comes to office bags? Forget about them this 2019 because bamboo and other wooden materials are growing in popularity when it comes to bags. One good thing about this trend – you won’t have to spend as much as you would if you are buying the latest luxury designer bag.
3. Show off your statement sneakers.
Gone are the days when a pair of sneakers will not be part of a business attire. It’s 2019, after all. Feel free to go the classic and traditional route of high heels and closed shoes, but don’t be afraid to be more adventurous by showing off your statement sneakers when going to a job interview. Pair them with a professional and proactive attitude and you’re sure to blow your interviewer away.
4. Don a robe coat.
Want to go for a comfortable yet elegant look? Skip the formal and traditional coat and don a robe coat instead. Not only will it give you a relaxed look, you will probably be in a relaxed vibe with how comfortable you’ll be in it, putting you in a good and relaxed mood for your interview.