DRESSING FOR AN INTERVIEW

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Before you say a single word to the interviewer, you have already made an impression based on how you’re dressed. We provide guidelines which are commonly accepted as appropriate for interviewing. But keep in mind every company has a different dress code.

 

Men; dress in a manner that is professionally appropriate to the position for which you are applying. In almost all cases, this means wearing a suit. It is rarely appropriate to ‘’dress down’’. For an interview, regardless of company dress code policy. When in doubt, go conservative.

You should wear a suit to interviews. ‘’suit’’ means the works; a matching jacket and pants, dress shirt, tie, coordinating socks and dress shoes. A dark- coloured suit with light coloured shirt is your best option.

Your suit should be comfortable and fit you well so that you look and act your best. There is a difference between not yet feeling at ease in a suit and trying to fit into the same suit you wore to your sister’s wedding when you were 15. .

Avoid loud colours and flashy ties.

Clothing should be neat, clean and pressed. If you don’t have an iron, either buy one or be prepared to visit the dry cleaners often. Shower properly on the morning of the interview. Wear deodorant. Don’t wear heavy cologne or aftershave. You don’t want to smell overpowering or worse cause an allergic reaction.

 

Women; generally, you should wear a suit with a skirt or pants. When in doubt, be more conservative.

Your suit should be comfortable and fit you well; make sure your waistband is not cutting you in half or a tight jacket.

Interview suits should be simple and dark in colour. Anything bright, tight, short or sheer should absolutely be avoided. Knee- length skirts are suggested. Very long skirts, while modest are also considered too trendy for an interview.

Wear a conservative blouse with your suit. Do not wear bright colours, animal prints or anything lacy, sheer or low cut.

Make up and nail polish should be understated and flattering; shades that are neutral to your skin are generally advisable. Avoid bright or unusual colours or very long nails.

And don’t forget to have a glass of confidence, because confidence seals the deal.