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How HR Managers Form The First Impression By Looking At Your Clothes

By Jyoti Galada, 14 March 2018


Did you know that 33% of HR Managers know within the first 90 seconds of an interview whether they will hire someone or not. 55% of the impact comes from the way the person dresses, acts and walks through the door and 65% bosses indicate that clothes could be a deciding factor between two almost identical candidates.

Your dress gives an idea about who you are as a person even before you open your mouth. It will take the HR Manager just one look to decide your reliability and competence. Knowing what to wear for a job interview is half the battle won. As it is rightly said, ‘First impression is the last impression’.

Your interview meeting is not only your first but can be your last meeting with the HR Manager not because you were not qualified or experienced for the job but because you could not form the first impression through your clothing.

1The Industry

The industry you are interviewing for should be taken into consideration. The dress code for a corporate company will be different from an advertising company. So whether to wear a professional or business casual outfit for the interview is the most important decision. You can use social media to research.

You should wear clothes that suits you and keeps you comfortable, matching the dress code of the company. Even if the company has a casual dress code still you avoid wearing casuals at interview and stick to a combination of formal casuals. Avoid wearing denims instead wear clothes from smooth or textured material. Business suits are good only if you are interviewing for senior-level positions. Else they will make you appear overqualified and highly ambitious.

preparing for interview

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It’s always advisable to wear branded clothes to interview and not the cheap unbranded ones. You may have to invest in them but branded clothes will make you look good and impactful. It is also advisable to buy a few and keep in case you are asked to return for a follow-up interview. But never go in for luxury high-end brands like an expensive watch or cell phone. This will give an impression to the HR manager that status and people’s opinion play an important role in your life. 

Men' s Formal Wear

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3Revealing Clothes


Your intention to impress the HR manager should be through your work and not your boldness and fashion mindedness of your attire. Some companies require women to wear only skirts. Never wear mini-skirts. Once a woman wore a red skimpy dress for an interview and she could hardly sit down comfortably in it. She was never called back by the HR Manager. Short hemlines and plunging necklines are not acceptable in an interview. It’s always a good idea to try out the interview outfit at home and see if you can walk and sit in it comfortably. 

Reveling Clothes

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