Dressing for the Interview

By: Ray James

Before attending an interview ensure that your attire is appropriate. A person may have an excellent academic record, and may have answered all questions correctly but should they have dressed inappropriately for the interview then they run the risk of not being selected for the position.

Always dress neatly for any interview. You will be judged on the basis of the clothes you are wearing at the time. Even if the employees of the company are dressed in casual attire you should not be tempted to dress casually. The first impression you give should not be merely good but excellent. Your clothes must be clean and ironed properly and your shoes polished. You should not have scuffmarks on your shoes as they reveal a lack of attention to detail.

A candidate who is wearing a suit and tie will definitely make a better impression than someone who is dressed casually in t-shirts and jeans. The suit colour should preferably be conservative such as dark grey or navy and the shirt should be white or match the suit and have long sleeves. It is always best if the pants have a belt and when the colour of the belt matches your shoes. Socks should be dark and shoes should be a traditional style and color and made of leather. Make sure that your hairstyle is neat and professional. Nails should be neatly trimmed. If you have a beard, it must be shaved before attending the interview. You will look professional if you carry a briefcase. It may also be helpful if you are able to find out the dress code of the company through contacts.

It is also advisable that women be dressed in a business suit. Studies have shown that most women do not know the correct style of attire for an interview. Don?t attempt to be extra fashionable. The skirt of your suit must be long enough so that you can sit comfortably in front of the interviewer without being concerned about your appearance. Never under any circumstances should you wear miniskirts, sweaters or blouses that are tight or revealing or sandals with straps. Avoid wearing too much jewellery. Dangling earrings and cheap jewellery will give a negative impression.

When you style your hair, do not use hairspray. Pantyhose color should be neutral and perfume and makeup should be very light. Nails should be clean and neatly manicured, yet unpolished. Carry a portfolio or a stylish briefcase with you and avoid the disorganized or oversized handbag for the job interview. If you are feeling cold, it is appropriate to wear a scarf.

Do not use a hair spray for hairstyling. Pantyhose should be neutral in colour and your perfume and makeup should be very light. Ensure that your nails are clean and neatly manicured yet unpolished. Remember to carry a portfolio or a stylish briefcase with you. Avoid carrying a disorganized or oversized handbag for the job interview. If you feel the cold, you can wear a scarf.

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