I teamed up with the beautiful ladies of Cocoa Lifestyle, a site focused on fashion, culture and style, to collaborate on a topic that’s relevant to everyone: job interviews!
We’ve all been there. Walking into a room of strangers who are going to judge everything about you in order to determine if you’re a viable fit for a job can be incredibly intimidating. A job interview is the ultimate first impression. You need to convey experience, confidence and overall appeal in a pretty brief timeframe. Make the most of your first impression (something you should never underestimate) by making the right attire and grooming choices.
I’ve got you guys covered with some helpful tips and, ladies, head on over to Cocoa Lifestyle where the stylish sisters – Mariela, Karina, and Amira – have some parallel tips on putting your best foot forward.
I should add – I’m not currently interviewing. I love my job and am fulfilled in the career I’ve chosen. I do, however, interview a lot of folks and there have been some instances when I wish I could have given candidates some advice. So here it goes –
Get a haircut! Nobody wants to hire a shaggy shlub who doesn’t have basic grooming figured out. Get a trim a week before your interview so that you have enough time to adjust to your new cut and get past the first couple of awkward “new haircut” days. Make sure, no matter the cut, that your hair doesn’t touch the collar of your jacket. I would recommend a shorter cut on the sides and back to keep it looking clean and trim.
Also, shave! No matter how studly you look with stubble, a job interview is a place to look professional and put together. No matter the job, show them that you care enough to shave.
Get a suit. And get it tailored.
It might sound simple, but for us guys it’s as easy as that! A jacket needs to be taken in so that you get that ideal V shape. Your pants will also likely need to be altered a bit. Invest in this tailoring, I beg of you. There is nothing sadder than an ill-fitting suit.
I would also recommend picking a navy blue or grey suit. Nothing against black, but it can come off as stiff or formal. Navy or grey are a little more appropriate for a daytime interview where you’re trying to make a personal connection with someone. You’re not going to a funeral; you’re trying to portray the most desirable, approachable, hirable version of yourself.
And finally, pick a shirt / tie combo that isn’t too loud. You want them to focus on your face and what you’re saying. A loud tie might be a conversation starter but you don’t need a distraction in the room. You should be the star of the show, not your tie.
There you have it! The only other thing I would say is to prepare, prepare, and then prepare some more. Know the people you’ll be speaking with (put that social media stalking to use) and know what the company does! If the interviewer asks you what your favorite product / launch / “thing” is that they do, have something to say! Oh, and don’t forget to have a list of questions for your interviewers. Your interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for them and it’s very impressive to have some thoughtful questions prepared.
I could go on for days, but hopefully these tips help :)
Happy job hunting!