DRESSING FOR SUCCESS
important is proper dress for a job interview? I would
say that though the final selection will rarely depend
on how well you are dressed but it will certainly be
considered. Because your appearance and dressing sense
also reflects your personality and therefore it is very
important that you are properly dressed for the interview.
This however doesn't mean that you should go out and
invest in a new wardrobe, just be sure that you are
able to put together an adequate interview outfit. Following
are a few tips:
1. Generally, a professional-looking dress or suit with
low-heeled shoes makes the best impression. In more
conservative industries like law and banking, a suit
is a safer bet than a dress. At the same time, some
hiring managers in "creative" industries like advertising
and publishing look for a more informal, stylish look
that reflects the applicant's individuality. Thus in
whatever field you are use your best judgement and wear
whatever is both professional and comfortable for you.
2. Also make sure that your clothes are spotlessly clean
and well-fitting, that your hair style is neat and businesslike,
and that your shoes are clean and attractive.
3. Avoid excessive jewellery, makeup, or perfume. Remember
you are going for an interview and not a party so try
to be as natural as you can.
4. Be sure to carry a watch, pen, and writing pads for
taking notes. A briefcase or portfolio, if you have
one, will help complete the look of professionalism.
And don't forget to take a few extra copies of your
5. Avoid carrying a purse as far as possible.