If, like me, you do look a lot younger than your age (I’m 31 next month, but can easily be mistaken for under 25), then you may want to steer away from ironic prints and what I would describe as ‘dressing like a primary school teacher’. In 2016, you would like to assume that age doesn’t fall in to things, but I have found in recent years I do seem to come along with the assumption that being young = not authoritative enough for a role which I have experience to do. It can be disheartening, but as long as you showcase your skills and abilities as much as possible then companies should look past the youthful looks. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a massive hold back, as my experience does compensate for the initial ‘Oh, you’re younger than I thought from your CV’ introduction, but it’s something to bear in mind. Just try not to wear your favourite unicorn print tea dress.
The above dress I picked up from the Louche Range at Joy, and it’s perfect for adding a bit of colour underneath. With a flattering fit, you can feel fully confident that you’re going to look and feel completely comfortable and the material is a lovely thick, textured fabric. Investing in something like this will ensure that you have that perfect go-to outfit each time. I don’t know about you, but with other preparations to be made before an interview, you’re going to want to ensure that your outfit is prepared as much as possible!
As it’s simply, black and flattering you can go for a range of different tops underneath, which will add that all important dash of personality I keep harping on about.
Here are 3 other tips for nailing that job interview when it comes to the style stakes:
It’s not all about style though is it? You’ve got to also ace the questions in the interview. One of the biggest tips I can give when it comes to job hunting is to be absolutely 100% as honest as you possibly can. There is little point to lying about your skills if you end up getting the job and not knowing where to start on that excel spreadsheet you said you could add complex formulas to.
For example, I recently had to do a presentation as part of a second stage of an interview. I’d used a website to design the slides and to be honest, it looked pretty impressive. As soon as I loaded it up on the screen the first question I was asked was did I design it myself. I could have said yes, because you know – I kind of did ‘design’ it from a design. But I was honest and said no, it was a preloaded template. Which was an excellent move, as they mentioned they also had an opening in the design department I could have looked at! Imagine, walking in on your first day, opening photoshop then having that complete ‘wtf have I done’ moment….
Do you have any tips for job interviews? If so, please do let me know. over on Twitter @HelloTerriLowe. Being in the middle of a job search this could help me to make or break it!