How to pull off the perfect look for a job interview

Ready to knock that upcoming job interview out of the park? You may have prepped for all the questions and thought of all the right responses, but there’s more to your interview than that. Research shows that roughly 30% of interviewers make up their mind about a potential candidate within the first 5 minutes. So to some degree, you will be judged by your cover, and we aren’t just talking about your cover letter!

How you look in your interview says a lot about you, and may be what makes or breaks the company’s decision to hire you. So, in order to make sure all prep work, along with your years of work experience don’t go to waste, here are some tips on how to look fabulous and rock that interview.

The necessary job interview items

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No matter how good you look, you are not going to get the job if you are not prepared. So with that in mind, lets start with the basics.

Whatever you do don’t embarrass yourself and show up to your job interview empty handed. Though you may not need all of the things you bring with you, it says a lot to your potentially employer if you show up prepared.

Here are some of the items you’ll want to bring with you:

  1. Directions to the interview location

  2. Extra copies of your resume

  3. Notepad and pen

  4. References

  5. Questions to ask interviewer

  6. Portfolio (if applicable)

You’re welcome to bring other supporting papers as well that you think may help you in your interview, but above are the absolute musts to show up with.

The right job interview attire

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There are times when it’s better to overdress than under dress, and a job interview is definitely one of those instances.

The last thing you want to do is show up for an interview in jeans and a t-shirt, regardless of what job you’re interviewing for.

You must always dress to impress, because whether you like it or not, agree or disagree, you are going to be judged by your appearance.

And one of the first things interviewers will notice is your outfit.

So ask yourself these questions when you look in the mirror before heading out the door to your interview:

  1. Do I look clean?

  2. Are my clothes pressed and free of wrinkles?

  3. Is my shirt tucked in?

  4. Is this outfit appropriate?

  5. Am I able to walk in these shoes?

  6. Would my grandmother approve of this outfit?

Your clothes say a lot about your level of professionalism and how seriously you will take your job. Additionally, your clothing choices are a sign of respect for other people around you. Showing up in jeans shows to the interviewer that you don’t have much respect for them, or the job.

So, pull out your finest appropriate wear and allow your polished outfit to be the cherry on the top of your perfect resume and cover letter.

The perfect job interview hairstyle

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When you were a teenager applying for a job, did your mother ever tell you that you had to get a haircut before an interview?

Once again, your mother was right. A messy hairstyle will really set you back in terms of getting that job.

If you can’t find the time to brush your hair or style it in a way that shows some level of professionalism, how seriously will you take your job?

This is definitely something that goes through the minds of hiring managers at a company, and you don’t want to let that question even pop into their heads when they see you.

Instead, make sure that you have a crisp, clean haircut, and a style that looks good on you, as well as one that is professional and freshly done.

If you’re not sure where to go to get that clean haircut or hairstyle for your job interview, don’t worry -- there’s no need to stress about that on top of your upcoming job interview. By using the Klipped app, finding a barber or hairstylist in your area is stress-free, simple, and could not possibly be any more convenient.

Download the Klipped haircut booking app and you’ll gain access to reviews, ratings, and availability with the top stylists near you. Save yourself the time of calling and booking an appointment -- you can schedule an appointment via the app. And finding the stylist you want is simple. Find highly-rated stylists and see the looks they’ve created in the past to ensure they’re the right fit for you. And when it comes to paying for the haircut, you don’t need to leave the app for that either. You can pay ahead of time within the Klipped app, and save yourself the time post-appointment.

So, get your best look for that upcoming interview by downloading Klipped for free today. Plus, once you get that job, you’ll need to keep yourself looking fresh, and Klipped will keep all your info safely in one place so your next cut is even easier than the last.  

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