Congrats on the job interview – that’s a great step towards ridding yourself of debt. While we’re sure you’re going to be your usual smiling, confident self in that interview (that’s free!), it can sometimes be tough to dress the part when you’ve been in between jobs for a while.
Fret not, debt-busters. TotalDebtFreedom has some cost effective ways you can look like a million bucks, without spending anything close to that.
Check out these 5 tips for inexpensive ways to dress for success and land the job you want.
1. Keep It Basic
Unless you’re applying to a high-fashion workplace, there’s no need for you to go all out with wild wardrobe choices. You want to show you can dress the part, but don’t want to stick out. Try items like basic suits, colours like charcoal or grey and office wear staples. Think about what you’d already be wearing to the job, and dress accordingly for the interview. Simple staples like this will be readily available – and easier on the wallet than flashier options.
2. Second Hand Is Your Friend
If you’re going to stick to the basics, then there’s nothing wrong with checking out second hand clothing. The classics have obviously been around for a long time and aren’t going out of style any time soon. A good white oxford shirt or charcoal pant suit will be available at nearly any consignment or second hand store. Cut the costs on your wardrobe for work and use that saved cash elsewhere.
3. Do The Free Things Right
Something like a good shower, a shave, or neatly done hair will be the difference. After all – are they going to hire the guy in the $5000 suit if his breath smells like onions, his nails are long and his hair looks recently napped on? No way! Stick out in the right way with a professional, clean appearance. Let them focus on your answers and personality in the interview – that won’t cost you a thing.
4. Borrow It
I remember my first job interview (waaaaaaay back when) and I simply didn’t have the cash or the wardrobe for the professional appearance I was looking for. My roommate, on the other hand, did. He lent me his suit, I paid him back with some extra chores around the place, and I got the job. After all, the interviewer is going to be much more interested in your credentials that who owns your suit.
5. Do Some Research
Make sure you know how people in the work place are going to be dressing! You don’t want to over (or under) do it because of a lack of information. Call ahead, ask friends that work there, or make an educated guess. You definitely don’t want to spend extra cash on something you didn’t need in the first place!
Good luck on the interviews, and if the job doesn’t work out, at least you’ll look great!
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