Dress the Part
I have often stressed the importance of dressing the part for an interview in most of my articles but I have never told you what a great communication tool your clothes make.
The impact your clothes give an interviewer is a subconscious loud speaker of the kind of person you are.
I remember in my struggling years when I was trying to get into the media, NTV Uganda made an advertisement and they needed News Anchors.
I put myself up to the challenge and wore the most uncomfortable 6 inch high heels and an extremely tight skirt.
No wonder I didn’t get the job, I sometimes reminisce about it and laugh my head off because after being part of the media there is no way in hell I would have covered a story in the field in such attire.
But well that was then, when I didn’t know a great deal about elements of body language that you can control like clothes, to communicate more effectively.
The way you dress and talk have a huge impact on the way you’ll progress in your career.
Have you ever noticed how people with a new hairstyle sometimes walk differently, turn there heads around or how confident you feel when you are wearing a new clothe or new jewellery.
Some people even move in a different way according to the types of clothes they are wearing?
How do you dress? What jewellery do you wear? What is your hairstyle? what feeling do you get when you are wearing them?
All these will manifestly demonstrate to an interviewer who is observing you to find out the person they think you might be.
Now, of course, the observer could be completely inaccurate, but nevertheless will form opinions that can be difficult to shake off.
The expression ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ may be true to a certain extent, but equally remember that getting the cover right will dramatically enhance the sales of a book in certain markets.
Equally Charles Dickens said ‘there are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
Therefore it is essential to dress according to the image you wish to present to support your product, industry or the service that is provided.
As the saying goes, ‘the right appearance will not necessarily get you into the boardroom, but the wrong appearance will almost certainly keep you out’.