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Interview Attire

Jul 22, 2008
In any interview aside from the preparation necessary for questions and answers, the choice of the correct attire plays a very significant part. Your personal manner, interpersonal skills and qualifications are equally significant aspects that reflect your personality. Appropriately chosen attire helps promote the image that you are serious about the job and understand the nature of the industry in which you are attempting to find work. In some industries where customer contact and image presentation is necessary, your attire is a significant determining factor.

Your attire should be appropriate and fit well, but it should not be a distracting element. Over the top clothing may create a negative impression in the mind of an interviewer. Even if you are aware that other employees of company dress casually in the work place, you must ensure that you are dressed in formal attire unless you are informed otherwise.

A two piece matching light coloured suit always works the best and is the safest choice for women. But if the job does not allow you to wear a suit then you can wear jeans, especially if it is in an outdoor environment. With regard to appropriate colours, navy, dark grey (and black for women) are safe enough, but avoid other colours which may be considered too extreme or too dark. You should wear clothes that fit well. An investment in one quality outfit, dependent upon your budget is advisable. You can change the shirt and tie, or blouse for women, that co-ordinate with the colour of the suit. Select good quality silk ties and avoid very fashionable and funky types of ties.

Gents should preferably wear long sleeved shirts regardless of the season and should opt for colours such light blue or a solid blue with conservative stripes. Wear dark colored socks that are at least mid calf length so that no bare skin on your legs is visible when you sit down. With regard to shoes, leather, lace up, or slip-on business type shoes in either black or dark brown are appropriate. Buy a good quality pair of shoes that will be suitable for any special occasion and you will be sure that they are suitable. Along with shoes, a matching black or dark brown leather belt will complete the look you desire. Ladies should put on well applied makeup, being careful to apply everything light including lipstick and eyeshade. It should be applied to create a natural look. Wear a simple piece of tasteful jewellery to project a professional look and wear a conservative watch. Style your hair well to complement the professional look.

Women should ensure that they are well groomed and should apply make up that is light such as lipstick, eyeshade etc. to present a natural appearance. Wear simple elegant jewellery such as a small diamond or such that will complement your professional look. Wear a conservative watch. Set your hairstyle well so that you will look professional and not akin to a college student.

If you carry a purse, keep it small and simple especially if you also wish to carry a briefcase. The colour of your purse should co ordinate well with your whole attire. A leather bag or purse will be an excellent choice. Your clothes must always be clean, neatly pressed and fit properly. Don?t carry a large briefcase: carry only the most important documents with you. To complete your attire, you may spray light perfume, but be sure that it is not overpowering or a possible irritant.
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