|Dress For Success
What To Wear To
A Job Interview
If you don't look the part, you won't get the part!
The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That's why it's always important to dress professionally for a job interview, even if the work environment is casual. You'll want that first impression to be not just a good one, but, a great one. The candidate dressed in a suit and tie is going to make a much better impression than the candidate dressed in scruffy jeans and a t-shirt.
If you will be interviewing, please remember that no matter what industry you are seeking a position in, your resume and experience will do most of the heavy lifting to get you through the door. Your appearance – if not appropriately dressed, will destroy everything that your background and resume have accomplished. Remember, up to the minute you step foot into the interviewer’s office – it was your resume and background that got you there. Now is the time to risk nothing when it comes to proper clothing for your interview. Remember that 80% of the first impression an interviewer gets of you is visual and is formed in the first two minutes of meeting you. Here are some important tips to keep in mind:
Wear A Suit
Wearing a navy blue, black or dark grey suit is preferable. If you can, purchase at least two new suits that you will be able to wear for interviews. If it's not in your budget to purchase suits prior to interviews, take one out from your closet – preferably one right from the dry cleaners and take a close look at the suit looking for frays, loose buttons and that shiny look some suits get when they've been ironed too much. Inspect the seat on the slacks, inner thighs and the top of the thighs looking for wear or shine. Inspect your jacket and look at the lapels and shoulders for wear or shine.
Wear A White Shirt
Why wear white? White is the perfect canvas for your suit and silk tie. It's that simple. Don't overly complicate the look and make sure your shirts are freshly pressed. Shirts can be straight collared, tab collared or button down.
Wear An Appropriate Silk Necktie
Coordinate the necktie with the suit but don't try matching the suit. The tie should be preferably made of silk with a small pattern. For business, a gentleman's silk tie should be equally balanced to reflect, first the organisation and then the personality of the person wearing it. Do not – wear cartoon ties or even symbol ties. Symbol ties have money signs, or stethoscopes or just about any symbol synonymous with an industry or profession. Neckties worn for interviews should not be loud or too colourful – stick with a conservative look. Some of the more popular necktie colours for interview clothing are blue ties and burgundy ties. Once you know what colour suit you'll be wearing, pick a tie and ask around if it goes. Be careful not to overdress for the position. Yes, you can overdress, and the impression that is left is hard to overcome. The best guide in choosing the right necktie is starting with the price. Modesty counts – so don't overspend.
Yes – wear them, and stay away from loafers – because they are too casual. One recommended and popular shoe for interviews is a lace up cap toe – in black. Please ensure that the shoes are clean, polished and do not have rounded heels or overly worn soles. These are all signs that you don't care and – if you don't care about yourself, you will probably care even less about the organisation and its employees. And as far as socks are concerned, always stay with the basics – black.
Executives and professionals should very much look the part that they play. Appropriate corporate attire is an important element in everyone's careers. For positions from managers all the way up to boardroom directors, suits and more formal clothing is now very much required. With the suit comes new challenges such as how to match. Again, we cannot stress this enough, your career clothing should be a harmoniously blended reflection of the industry you are in, your organisation and personal style.
Menswear designer Emraan Rajput, launched his label in 2009, and has since carved a niche for himself in men’s fashion. In a country that only has a handful of designers focusing on the male kind, Emraan has redefined style aesthetics with his creative concoctions on the fabric. In a quick tete-a-tete with MAG, Emraan talked about his style sense. Read on…
Describe your personal style.
Chic, casual and easy to carry! I am usually found in a slim-fit tapered jeans with a smart tee shirt.
How has your style evolved?
My personal style varies; for fancier events, I go to the maximum by incorporating a touch of bling such as golden, but when it comes to designing, I have a toned down colour palette and have developed a profound love for rich fabrics.
How long does it take you to get ready?
Around 30 minutes!
What inspires you style-wise?
Everything around me, from people to cinema, from traveling to remote areas for shoots to sounds on the roads. Getting inspired is a continuous process.
Is there anything you would like to change about your appearance?
Maybe my hair... or a more athletic body.
What is your favourite piece of clothing?
My Versace tees and my slim fit denims.
Favourite fashion designers and models?
HSY and Rizwan Ali Jaffari.
Tell us something no one knows about you?
Well, what can I say about myself; I am an easy going, fun loving and a carefree individual.