How to dress for an interview?
#FirstImpressions are everlasting! That is why you must dress your best when #appearing for an #interview. More often than not, your appearance will be the stepping stone towards a #successful job interview and help in making an ever-lasting #impression on the interviewer. Read on to find out about the commonly accepted rules of interview #dressing.
Casual vs #Formal
Usually the interview call will come with a mention of the dress code to follow. If there is no such detail mentioned, then it helps to check the acceptable dress code of the company and decide your attire. Ask someone who works at the same company, check their social media feed or make a discreet trip to see what current employees wear. While this might seem overly investigative, it does help in deciding your style. Some companies have a strictly formal work culture and turning up in semi-casual or casual attire can blow up your chances of getting the job. At the same time, many companies are recently moving towards a casual and creative atmosphere and dressing too formally can make you come across as uptight and not suitable for a laid-back environment as theirs. Therefore, it is important that you check the work culture of the company and decide your dressing style.
The most important aspect of your attire is comfort. Wear something that you are comfortable in and does not make you fidget with constantly. Comfort does not mean you can wear ill fitting, or revealing clothes. Make sure you choose a well-fitting attire that is appropriate for work places. A little over dressing is not at all a problem so wear something a notch better that what you would on a regular work day. An attire that makes you feel comfortable, confident and like your best self when interviewing is the best choice.
#Style and color
While wearing something comfortable and dressy, make sure your outfit does not take attention away from your conversation. Avoid anything that is brightly colored, flashy, overly patterned and distracting to the interviewer. You don’t want the attention to shift to your dress from your face. Dress appropriately for the climate and season but also for the workplace. If you know you will be visiting an Air-Conditioned office, wear a formal jacket so you are not uncomfortable if it gets too cold.
For men, the go to colors in formal suits are black, brown, navy blue and beige. Match your dark suit with a light-colored shirt and a tie in similar shade. Avoid shiny or flashy ties that will take away the attention from your face. If wearing casuals, wear dark colored, plain denim trousers with a light shirt or a plain polo t-shirt. Shirts must always be tucked in.
For women, stick to plain, solid colors and avoid wearing busy patterns if dressing in Indian formals. Wear a formal jacket with a kurta and let go of the dupatta (this will also keep you from fidgeting with it!). If wearing a formal pant suit, go to colors are navy blue, black or pastels. Match dark suits with light shirts and light suits with dark shirts. If wearing a skirt suit, make sure your skirt ends at your knees and also wear stockings for a more polished look.
#Accessories and Make-up
For men, make sure the color of your socks matches that of your pants and your shoes match your belt. Wear plain black or brown leather shoes that are well-polished and in good condition.
For women, the make-up should be minimal and neutral to your skin tone. Avoid long nails and bright nail polish. Keep your jewelry and hair accessories to a minimum avoiding anything flashy, distracting, or shiny. One ring per hand is best. Wear heels only if your comfortable walking in them for long, or go for platform heels which give you a great posture and are comfortable for long duration wear. Avoid shoes with open toes of open at the back.
Make sure the clothes you are going to wear for the interview are neat, clean and pressed. Have them ironed and ready the night before to avoid any early morning rush. Check for stains, snags, pet hairs and holes. Make sure you bathe the morning of the interview are smell pleasant. Use a deodorant and avoid perfumes. Make sure you have fresh breath when you arrive at the office. Brush your teeth before you leave and avoid eating or smoking before the interview. Hair should be neat, clean, trimmed and styled conservatively.
Although you may not dress like this for a usual work day in the office, a little attention to what you are wearing and how you are presenting yourself is important to make a lasting impression. Dressing professionally shows respect for yourself, the interviewer, and the workplace. It is likely that you are taken more seriously if you dress professionally to your workplace than if you present yourself as laid back and casual. It also shows that you have taken time and effort to present yourself best and attend to details.
#Follow these 5 rules and surely your first impression on the interviewer will be a long lasting one!