Dress for the Job: Here’s how you can Ace that Job Interview

Throughout university, I’ve had an amazing mentor, giving me advice about ways to navigate semester stress and giving me tips about the industry I wanted to get into. After graduating, I was looking for a graduate job, as most graduates do. I told her about my plan to rewrite my resume, update my LinkedIn profile, and find some new corporate clothes just to spruce my wardrobe up a bit; and that’s when she gave me another piece of advice – “dress for the job you want”.

The art and power of visualising yourself doing something, a goal you want to reach or acing that job interview, can help a lot in you actually doing it. And from personal experience I can say that she was right. Even just having the right mindset and approach to a stressful and nerve-wracking situation, such as a job interview with the managing directors, can transform the way you walk into the room. When you dress for the job you want, you embody and internalize it. When you truly aspire to do something, it’s not just a want; it’s a belief.

Backed by research, a study where both men and women who were wearing more formal office clothes tended to exhibit stronger leadership skills than those who were dressed casually. The formally dressed participants were better at abstract thinking and focusing on the big picture while the less dressed-up folks tended to sweat the small stuff. While this isn’t exactly surprising, it’s affirming to see the old notion of ‘dressing for the job you want, not the one you have’ backed up by modern-day research.

Now thinking back to this piece of advice, I decided to do a little bit more research, to find some more tips for all of you who are looking forward to acing that job interview.

  • Do your homework; research should always be your first step after accepting an interview. Before the interview, review the company’s website, particularly their “About Us” section. Also check out their LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages to see what information the company is sharing. Gathering background information on the company is crucial to being proactive and prepared
  • Timing is everything; it is very important to be on time for the interview. On time means ten to 15 minutes early. If need be, take some time to drive to the office ahead of time so you know exactly where you are going, and what the transportation and parking situation looks like
  • Be prepared; remember to bring an extra copy of your resume, a list of references, and any work samples you want to show the employer. Also, bring a list of questions to ask the interviewer; don’t be the one who says they have no questions when you get the chance to ask some
  • Follow up; end the interview with a thank you to the interviewer and reiterate your interest in the position. Then follow-up with a personal thank you note or email message restating your interest. This is an opportunity to remind the employer of your qualifications, and include any details you forgot to mention in the interview

I hope these help – so good luck with acing all your interviews!

If you have any more useful interview tips, comment below!

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