What to wear in an interview

Be prepared. The day of an interview can be a little hectic so pick out what you are going to wear the day before. Being caught in two minds over wardrobe choices on the morning of an interview can lead to unwelcome stress.

Do your laundry. Noticing a stain or mark on your best interview suit at the last minute is to be avoided. Launder or dry clean your interview clothes so that they are ready to go on the big day.

Smarten up. If you are not in the habit of wearing a shirt and tie in your day-to-day life, then get into the habit of pressing your shirt and knotting your neck tie so that it does not look like the first time you have done it at the interview.

Hair matters. Scruffy hair can make you come across as unprofessional in appearance. Along with smart attire, you should tie your hair back with a no-nonsense accessory or have a trim.

Dress or suit? Dresses are perfectly good choices for office wear but not if they are too glitzy or are really only suitable as evening wear. If your dresses are not ideal for an interview, then opt for a trouser suit or a simple skirt and blouse combination.

Jewellery. Rings, necklaces and other accessories are okay to wear to an interview, but don’t overdo it. Too many items of jewellery can be distracting so select a few things only and stay modest.

Footwear choices. Men should opt for black or brown shoes and avoid things like canvas trainers. Women should not be overly adventurous with high heels and avoid informal footwear such as flip flops even on a hot summer’s day.

Fashion tips. Unless your interview is with a glossy magazine, few people will be bothered about up-to-date fashion so don’t feel the need to buy a new trendy wardrobe. Keep it sensible and smart and you will be okay.

Article courtesy of Monster.co.uk

How to calm your nerves blue

How to calm your nerves in an interview

When the nerves kick-in so do the sweaty hands, thumping heart and dry mouth. None of these are very helpful when you need to perform well, so it is important to know how to calm your nerves.

How to calm your nerves blue

We all get nervous about various situations throughout our lives and, unfortunately, our nerves often have a negative impact on how we perform. In your career, you may feel nervous before an interview, making a pitch/presentation, or prior to a particularly important meeting. Whatever situation your nerves may be affecting, there are a few techniques that you can use to combat them.

1. Ensure that you feel prepared

Feeling unprepared is often what can cause us to be nervous in the first place. If you conduct proper research and ensure that you know your stuff then you will instantly feel more confident.

2. Get a good night’s sleep

You want to feel alert for the nerve-wracking event so it is important to have a quiet evening in and a good night’s sleep the day before. Sometimes this is easier said than done, but if you feel prepared the night before then you are more likely to be able to switch off your brain and get that all-important sleep.

3. Plan ahead

If there is any travelling involved then ensure that you know exactly where you are going and leave some time for any delays. The last thing you want is to get lost or be late as this will make you stressed out and even more nervous than you would have been.

4. Try deep breathing techniques

Take a few moments beforehand to breathe in through your nose (recommended for four counts) and then out through your nose (recommended for five counts) to feel calmer.

5. Think positive

Thinking and feeling positive can make a big difference to our performance. To help you feel positive, try visualising yourself being successful.

6. Adjust your posture

Standing up or adopting “power poses” can make you feel more confident. When meeting someone new, that first impression is important so stay standing rather than having to struggle out of a chair. You should be on the same level as the person you are meeting as this will make you look confident.

7. Get any shaking limbs under control

It is pretty annoying when you are trying to appear confident but your traitorous hands are giving you away by shaking. To stop this from happening, try squeezing your buttocks or thigh muscles as this actually makes it impossible for your hands to shake!

8. Be yourself

It is important to be yourself and relax into the situation. Speak how you would normally and act naturally as this will make you come across as relaxed and confident.

These techniques will show you how to calm your nerves and perform at your best, so give them a try and see if they help you to be successful!

Article courtesy of Recruitment Buzz