Dress Code in Interviews

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The first ten seconds decide a lot about your success in an interview. Before you utter a single word to the interviewer, you have already made an impression based on how you’re dressed. Although every company has a different dress code, but it’s still important to keep appropriacy in mind.

Your attire along with your body language and confidence plays a vital role in the success of your interview and boosts your chances to bask in the dream job.

What if a woman wears a dark pant suit, pulls her hair into a low ponytail, wears little makeup, no jewellery and flat shoes to a job interview as a clothing stylist? It’s doubtful she would be offered the job. The hiring manager would probably be looking for someone who projects creativity and style in the clothing, wears makeup and accessories that are trendy and fashion forward. On the other hand, what if a woman wears the same suit, pulls a neat ponytail and minimal makeup for the role of an HR manager? Of course, she will be considered more professional and will create the right impact on the hiring manager.

Thus, dress in a manner that is professionally suitable to the position for which you are applying. In most of the cases, this means wearing formals. When in doubt, go basic.

Some Dos and Don’ts

  • You should wear a formal suit to interviews. A matching blazer and pants, dress shirt, tie (you can skip the tie if you are a female), coordinating socks and dress shoes. A dark-colored suit with light colored shirt is your best option.
  • Shoes should match your belt, the belt should be very basic.
  • Females should keep their makeup and jewellery minimal.
  • Avoid bright colours and flashy accessories.
  • Your outfit should not look dirty and make sure your clothes are ironed.
  • Choose simple and dark colors.
  • Shoes should usually be black in colour, and very simple in style and fairly low-heeled for ladies.
  • Shower before the interview. Don’t wear too much perfume or you will smell overpowering and you don’t want that, do you?
  • Dress according to the season, skip the blazer/ jacket if it’s summer time.
  • Make sure your attire is well fitted.
  • Your hair should be neat, clean and styled in a simple manner. Huge clips, brightly-colored scrunchies or elastics, and super high ponytails look out of place with formals. You may want to wear your hair in an updo, pull it back into a low ponytail; men’s hair should be short and neatly combed. The idea is to look polished and professional.
  • Dress appropriate to the position.

“Perception is reality.”  – Lee Atwater

Think about the image you want to project during your interview and then choose the apt outfit. You may not have to dress like this everyday to work, but you are more likely to be taken seriously and you are more likely to present an image of a sincere and a professional hire if you dress appropriately.

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Published on Feb. 23, 2017 by EnglishMate
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