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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.
I hope these help – so good luck with acing all your interviews!
If you have any more useful interview tips, comment below!