An interview is an essential process and the first step towards getting a dream job. While prepping answers and getting the company's history that you're interviewing for is the most important aspect of the interview prep, your physical presentation also matters.
The first impression to the interviewer is how you look. There is an unspoken rule book of things that you should never wear to an interview. But besides that, there are certain general common mistakes that people tend to make before going for interviews.
For example:1. Not Planning Your Interview Outfit
You might spend all your time in interview prep and not give a single passing thought to the outfit that you're going to wear. That's a big problem.
What if your pants don't fit you right anymore? What if the shirt that you usually wear has an ink stain on it? What if the tie doesn't go with the outfit and stands out but in a bad way? Too many whats and ifs. However, if you plan your outfit before hand, it saves you from last minute anxiety and otherwise easily preventable disasters.2. Not Ironing Your Outfits
Even if you're sorted with the exact details of the outfit in your head, it doesn't mean your job is over. Hey, you need to to take that outfit out and iron it to perfection. Make sure you get that middle crease with the pants. Also, hang your clothes and put them away in a corner so that all that hard work doesn't go waste.3. Not Getting A Fresh Shave And A Haircut
You need to get a formal beard that is sharply cut and a presentable hairstyle for your interview. You don't want the interviewer to think you're going to lounge around in the office once you get the job (even if that is exactly what you plan to do)
You can't wear open toe-d shoes or sneakers to an interview. An office's environment might allow you to make these changes later to your outfit. However, for the interview it's best to keep it formal because you don't know the mindset of the interviewer.
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Even if you have the right kind of shoes, not polishing them is a huge eye-brow raiser. If you have everything else going right for you, don't forget to polish your shoes.6. Not Using A Mouthwash
It is very likely that an interview might take place after hours of waiting. You don't want to take the chance and have your mouth stink when you open it in front of the interviewer. Always keep emergency mints and a travel mouthwash bottle with you and use it whenever you feel the need to freshen up. Trust me, it makes all the difference.7. Not Removing Your Jewellery
We're talking lockets, bracelets, rings, studs. You don't want to heavily accessorize before the big day. Feel free to wear these trinkets once you get the job but during an interview, you don't want to let an interviewer's opinion of your metal trinkets affect your career prospects, right?