Dress For a Successful Interview!
Conveying a professional image is crucial during a job interview. Some experts believe that 65 percent of the decision
to hire a person is based on nonverbal communication, a good portion of which is your appearance.
- How formally should you dress?
- This depends on the job. You want to show professionalism, so in most cases casual wear is out. Dress a little more
conservatively than you would for the job on a regular basis. Bear in mind that a dress or a suit conveys respect for
the company that is interviewing you.
- What men should wear
- A suit should be dark enough to convey authority (blue, gray, khaki or beige), but not too dark (black). Natural
fibers or a natural/synthetic mix are best. Wool or wool blends are classy year-round, but in very hot climates a
linen/synthetic mix works. Avoid polyester. Shirts should be long-sleeved with no fraying collars or cuffs, and in a
solid color that is lighter than the suit. The tie should complement the suit; patterns should be muted. Avoid pins
and ties that convey political or religious affiliations. Wear a conservative watch; avoid all other jewelry apart from
a wedding ring. Socks should be black or navy blue and cover the entire calf; shoes should be polished black
loafers or lace-ups.
- What women should wear
- Women also should opt for suits, choosing an outfit that is fashionably conservative. Wool or wool blends work best
in winter; a linen/synthetic mix is good for summer. Accompanying blouses or sweaters should be made of silk,
cotton or polyester that looks like silk. Avoid low necklines and short skirts. Accessories should be simple, such as a
coordinating necklace. Pumps that are as dark or darker than the suit are the best shoe choice; avoid sandals,
open-toed shoes and high heels that top 3 inches in height. Carry a handbag or attach" case, but not both. Keep