How to dress for a job interview in Summer
How to dress for a job interview in Summer
Summertime may have the nicest months to sit on the beach, summing and relax. However it is also one of the best times to find a job in Malta.
While some candidates might only be available to work during the summer, consider whether the job you’re seeking might offer long-term opportunities such as weekends, seasonal hours during the December holidays or an option to return to work the following summer.
We have at this time of the year in Malta, for example, hot and humid days that present a lot of challenges so you need to feel cool, comfortable and elegant to present a serious and professional image, because you need to make a good first impression, right?
It’s easy to read how you need to dress for a job interview, but it’s another thing to feel confident about what you’re wearing. Dressing for a job interview in the summer can be a nightmare at best.
The formal interview and Business casual:
For a formal interview in the summer months: arrive early! This will give you adequate time to cool down, rehydrate and freshen up. Bring with you a travel-sized deodorant, paper towel and something to sort out that messy hair. It’s also important to make sure your outfit is wrinkle free and is tailored appropriately.
Even though summer is the time of year for laid back outfits, sandals and singlets, don’t forget to always dress corporately for interviews!
You should be aspiring to dress on a notch above what you would normally consider suitable for work, and you could look around the car park at clocking off time to get a clear indication of what people normally are wearing, but as a general rule of thumb a suit never goes out of fashion. However some companies like to test the ability to interpret fashion etiquette by setting a business casual dress code, such as sport chic trousers and casual shirts. Obviously no jeans, t-shirts, trainers or flip-flops. If you want to wear something sleeveless to stay cool to from the interview, bring a jacket to put over your outfit when you enter the building.
Colors and Fabrics:
A neutral outfit with a strongly colored accessory such as a belt (or purse) will allow you to fit the season while preventing sensory overload in the meeting room. In some cases, a brightly colored shirt can enliven a dark or neutral colored business suit to the point that it no longer blends in with the crowd. Choosing pieces with Lycra is a good option, because this material minimizes wrinkling which fabrics like polyester or cotton are vulnerable to, and light wool that is cooler in the summertime.
Avoid anything with an inner liner that adds weight and thickness that can cause you to feel the heat even more.
Shoes and Accessories:
Footwear should also reflect the weather outside without being too casual, for example choosing the wrong shoes can be the female equivalent of the shiny suit. Going for a plain blouse or one with a simple stripe is the safest option.
You have to check if the company you are interviewing with has a very conservative culture, don’t push the envelope too far with your footwear. Whatever you decide to wear on your feet, wear tights to finish off your polished look.
Accessories such as jewelry and scarves offer a finished look to your ensemble, but keep both small and simple so you will stay cooler in the summer heat.
Avoid wearing too much jewellery by pairing your outfit with necklace, earrings, watch or bracelet (but not all together).
Avoid a bag that is too flashy, better to bring a simple and practical option in a classic color.
Fragrances, Hair and Make up:
It’s always advisable to use a light hand when applying perfumes or fragrances. Perfumes, colognes and locations can seem especially heavy in the sweltering summer months and may make your skin feel oily, so avoid them unless you have a light fragrance or lotion.
– Keep your hair neat and polished. To avoid frizz in the summer heat, try to put your hair in a ponytail style that will keep you cooler and looking good.
– Keep make up light and tasteful, wearing waterproof mascara or eyeliner that will prevent smudges from sweat.
Shaven or trimmed facial hair and no wacky hairstyles for the interview.
For both men and women it’s probably best to keep tattoos and piercings under wraps, at least for your first interview with a new company.
by Daniela Bernardes Loyola O’Connor