The first setbacks after graduation occur when you realize that real life is not what you thought it would be. There is a very competitive market out there. We are witnessing the times of globalization, technological revolution and economic disruption.
If you’ve managed to land an interview, you’re probably nervous about leaving the best possible impression on your potential future employer. According to a survey conducted by Adecco, 75% of hiring managers think inappropriate attire is the biggest interview mistake millennials make. Fashion is Generation Y’s playground, as it has become the most effective form of self-expression while satisfying the need to belong to a broader group (e.g., the hipster subculture). Still, there are some basic rules when dressing for an interview. Here are some fashion tips so you can check at least one thing off the list.
Consider the workplace
Looking for a job at a law firm is not the same as trying to land a job at a startup. Some things are out of the question for every job search scenario, such as tank tops, visible suspenders, short dresses or Bermuda shorts.
Corporate companies generally expect conservative attire that reflects professionalism: women should stick to pencil skirts, simple black stilettos and blouses. Men should invest in a good business suit or at least an attractive jacket.
If you are going for an interview with the founders of a startup, it will most likely be an informal chat rather than a strict interrogation. In this case, you can dress casually. Women can pair a blazer with a knee-length dress or jeans (but not ripped). Men can keep cool with slacks and button-down shirts.
Use fashion to communicate your authenticity.
The outfit you wear to an interview doesn’t have to be boring. Personalize it with eye-catching details. Ladies can try flashy earrings, while men can wear a nice watch. These also implicitly communicate your authenticity.
Office-appropriate attire can have some subtle twists. Designers choose to move away from traditional cuts or combine monochromatic elements with prints, giving you the opportunity to enjoy a less uniformed look. You can find this type of clothing by browsing through affordable women’s fashion online and strive to match the best outfit.
On top of that, carefully selected pieces can serve as conversation starters. When it comes to choosing brands, millennials are often willing to give a little extra money for a good cause. Ethical aspects are important, which is why eco-friendly fashion and fair trade products are slowly gaining momentum. If you fall into this group, imagine a great impression you’d leave on your future boss if the topic comes up.
Fashion goes beyond the choice of clothing.
First impressions are formed in just seven seconds and during that small fraction of time, a person is judged by their body language, appearance and initial contact, whether it’s the firmness of the handshake or how warm and welcoming their smile was. Impressions are very complex and cannot be completely deconstructed to arrive at a final formula for success.
There are many factors to consider in making a good first impression, but looking good is certainly helpful. This goes beyond what you wear. It’s also how well you carry yourself, what energy you radiate and whether or not you feel confident.
Your fashion choices are also reflected through your hairstyle and some basic rules should be respected. For example, you can’t expect a company with a conservative work environment to appreciate your ultraviolet hair with a notch. Obviously, your hairstyle is not indicative of your qualifications, but the hiring manager might rule you out because of it. Unfortunately, even tattoos are still taboo in the business world and can affect your chances of getting hired.
The transition from college to the real world often triggers the well-known quarter-life crisis. It comes with the realization that you have simply changed your status from “student” to “unemployed.” Raise your head, bare your teeth and step into the arena of life. Keep these fashion tips in mind and we wish you the best of luck in finding your dream job.