We have been asked to start a discussion on why it is that some women can be portrayed differently purely by the way they’re are dressed. Why should this be such a concern when, after all, your clothes are simply an accessory to your personality? Studies suggest that a recruiter can make a decision about you within seconds, therefore, first impressions are everything!
“…why is it, with men, things are more simple – all they need is a nice suit with a clean, neat appearance. However, for us ladies, what is the ‘correct’ hair style, how much makeup should we wear, how much jewellery is too much and should we use perfume?”
So, what should women wear at an interview?
As a general rule, you should always try and dress conservatively – a suit or a simple dress with neutral colours is always a good idea. Avoid using colours / patterns that are too bright if you’re trying to present a professional appearance. Try and keep your neck lines high and hem lines low.
With regards to jewellery; keep it simple. Try and avoid large, dangly earrings. Too much jewellery can often be distracting, whereas someone wearing less can often portray a person who adopts a more serious approach to work.
For perfume; either don’t use any at all, or keep it light. This rule would also be the same for gents with aftershave – using too much can be overpowering and can sometimes make people feel uncomfortable.
For makeup, we contacted a female recruiter who advised, “if you’re somone who doesn’t normally wear makeup, don’t use it just for a job interview. If you do feel like you need a ‘polish’, I’d suggest using a small amount of concealer, and a nice neutral, sheer lip tint. Just try to remember to keep it simple, and natural looking.”
Finally, shoes. Obviously, your shoes should complement the rest of your outfit and should be smart, clean and neat. Avoid high heels where possible. For ladies who do choose to wear heels, ensure they are not scuffed or scratched as this will also go against presenting a professional reflection of you. It’s always advisable to opt for toe-in shoes with a colour that complements the rest of your outfit.