The phone rings early in the morning. The person on the other side tells you that they loved your CV! You have a job interview. Congratulations!
A job interview is all about presenting yourself in the best way possible. That does not only refer to your professional skills, your education and communication skills. Dressing for the occasion is extremely important for leaving a good first impression. As Forbes reports, it only takes the employer 10 seconds from the initial contact for to decide whether you’re the right person for the job.
Everyone who has ever looked for a job knows that getting past the first stage of CV screening is an achievement enough. But if you get invited to an interview and get some personal time with the company, you should make the most of it. To do that, you have to look your best.
What Kind of Jewellery Should You Wear to a Job Interview?
There is one general rule that many cite when giving advice on dressing for a job interview: dress like you already got hired for the job you want. The choice of attire largely depends on the industry, your location and the regulations at the workplace. The same goes for jewellery.
There are two general rules that apply in any situation:
- Keep it simple
- Focus on quality instead of quantity.
This applies for clothing, jewellery and other accessories. If you don’t know what the norms are in the company where you’re applying for a job, it pays to do a little research. Browse through their social media pages and try to find pictures taken at their office. Scan through the employees to get an idea about what they wear every day. Then try to match the style. This is bound to leave a great impression on your employers. If you already interned at a company and know the company’s dress code, let that be your starting point.
Keep it Simple
This rule applies to any job position at any company. You don’t want your jewelry to steal the focus from your personality and relevant qualifications. Therefore, try not to overdo your jewelry. Limit yourself to one or two select pieces of jewelry. You can complement your style with a fine designer watch. A watch is a great way to show that you are both professional and stylish.
Even if you are being interviewed for a creative position in the fashion or art industry, you should still keep it simple and limit your choice to one or two carefully picked pieces. Once you get the job you can learn more about the dress code and be able to truly express yourself.
Focus on Quality instead of Quantity
Avoid wearing elaborate or dangling earrings. Instead go for subtle ones like gold, silver or pearl studs. You can find more about how to match your earrings to your outfit at this link: http://www.leohamel.com/blog/index.php/2017/04/match-earrings-outfit/
The reason why you should avoid complicated, hanging earrings is that eye contact is extremely important for a job interview, and you don’t want your earrings to distract your employers. On the same note, if you have multiple piercings limit yourself to a single pair for an interview.
The same rules apply for your rings. Keep them simple and try to limit yourself to an engagement ring, a wedding band or similar. Don’t wear flashy, big rings but limit yourself to simple ones. Avoid wearing rings on several fingers or wearing stackable rings at all costs.
The same goes for necklaces and bracelets. Avoid wearing either of those layered, but limit yourself to a single piece. A pearl string or pendant is a fantastic choice for a job interview. As for bracelets, you should avoid leather bracelets or wraps at all costs. Instead, replace them with a watch to complete your look.
No matter the industry, you will get a chance to express your style once you get hired. Limiting yourself to a few select pieces does not mean you are hiding who you are, but giving your employers the chance to focus on you rather than your jewellery.