Friday, 18 May 2012

Dressing for Success




Want to create a good impression? Dress your best when going for an interview!
At Muovo, we see a number of candidates everyday, where, although most of our interviews are informal and hence require no ‘dress code’ as such – there are, of course, certain boundaries not to be crossed.

For instance, I remember once a young, beautiful foreign girl, came into the office for an interview. Apart from smelling like she had just come from a marathon, she was wearing a short tennis miniskirt and high platform sneakers! (no, not heels). Although this was an informal interview, still, I would not want to meet my friend in such a way, let alone a stranger who could possibly (and hopefully) recommend me some good jobs.

On the other hand, candidates who come dressed properly, no need for suits and ties if it is just an informal meeting, already emit a positive impression without even saying a word. Appearances are not everything (we know that!), but first impressions do count.

So, does it really make a difference how you dress for an interview?
 Yes, it does.

If you are unsure about how to dress properly for an interview, it is best to err on the side of conservatism. It is much better to be overdressed than underdressed (or undressed). If you really in despair, check with the person who scheduled the interview and ask him or her if the organisation has any dress codes you should be aware of. Alison Doyle, in About.com Guide, quotes Kim Zoller at Image Dynamics, who says that 55% of another person's perception of you is based, in essence, on your appearance. Zoller’s Dressing for Success information gives some tips on how to look your best, without necessarily spending a lot of money. Here is a quick look at the basics:


Women's Interview Attire


  • ·         Solid color, conservative suit
  • ·         Coordinated blouse
  • ·         Moderate shoes
  • ·         Limited jewellery
  • ·         Neat, professional hairstyle
  • ·         Tan or light hosiery
  • ·         Sparse make-up & perfume
  • ·         Manicured nails
  • ·         Portfolio or briefcase

Men's Interview Attire

  • ·         Solid color, conservative suit
  • ·         White long sleeve shirt
  • ·         Conservative tie
  • ·         Dark socks, professional shoes
  • ·         Very limited jewelry
  • ·         Neat, professional hairstyle
  • ·         Go easy on the aftershave
  • ·         Neatly trimmed nails
  • ·         Portfolio or briefcase

  • Source


  • Nikita Pisani at Muovo

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