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If you have an upcoming job
Why Dressing Appropriately Is Vital
Unless you are applying for a job in the fashion or entertainment industries, your potential employers aren’t just judging your appearance to see if you have a sense of style. They are looking to see that you convey the right image for both client interaction and corporate culture.
The Job Interview Style Guide is a conversational step-by-step manual for men and women who want to learn how to dress for an interview and automatically attract employers in a way that will make them stand out.
If you are seeking work in a more conservative industry, such as finance or law, you will be expected to dress accordingly, as this shows respect and trustworthiness for the customers. Conversely, if you want a job in a more casual setting, extreme overdressing for the
How to Determine the Dress Code in Advance
If you have never been to the prospective workplace before your
- Ask your
Recruiteror temp agency, if the interviewwas arranged by a third party.
- Ask a friend or parent’s friend, who works in the industry about that company.
- Check out the company’s website or social media pages for photos that lend a clue about dress.
- Look on the Internet to see if there are any chat forums where you could ask about the dress code.
- Call the company’s HR department.
- Camp out by the workplace entrance at rush hour or lunchtime to see what people are wearing.
When in doubt, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and overdress for your
Tips for Female Candidates
Ladies, you have the luxury of wearing either pants or a skirt to interviews today. If a suit is too formal for the workplace, try matching a pair of pressed pants or a skirt with a blouse or dressy sweater. A simple dress with a scarf is also a nice look for almost any industry.
You should probably wear hose with a dress or skirt unless you are absolutely certain they’re not necessary. You can always ditch the stockings once you get the job and find it’s less conservative.
Make sure your shoes are workplace-appropriate and polished. Keep your purse size to a minimum, and if possible, use just a briefcase, so you have less to worry about carrying. Keep hair and makeup simple and demure, and avoid any loud manicures.
Advice for Male Applicants
Gentlemen, you should avoid blue jeans and tennis shoes at job interviews, unless you’re interviewing for a job where these would be appropriate. Even then, a pair of khakis at the
Depending on the workplace, you need to decide whether or not to wear a tie and/or jacket. If a suit is too formal, trousers and a sport coat might be better, or a dress shirt with a V-neck sweater or vest. Stay away from t-shirts and polos, and be sure to wear an undershirt. If you don’t like the bulkiness of old-fashioned men’s undershirts, try one of the newer fitted brands, like UnderFit, which move with you and don’t show at the neckline.
Just like the ladies, you should wear freshly polished shoes. Make sure your fingernails and facial hair are clean and neatly trimmed as well.
No matter what, you should do a dry run of your
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