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DRESS CODE: Obligatory way to dress, a set of requirements as to how people should dress The standard recommendations for job interview clothes are based on common sense – be tidy, smart and relatively conservative and understated. You really never do get a second chance to make a good first impression. Investing some time and money in creating a suitable interview wardrobe, you will invite others to easily invest back in you. You can take a more personal approach by dressing according to the company culture, the position and what makes you feel comfortable while maintaining a professional look. Your interview dress should send the message that you have the insight to recognize what the job and company requires and that you are able to fit in with this. It is important to remember that candidates do not get jobs because of what they wear to the interview; however a number of candidates damage their chances of success by dressing inappropriately. Showing the interviewer that you understand the style of the position and the company is the start of building rapport and trust during the interview. Attention to detail suggests that you have made the effort to create the best impression. When you decide what to wear to your interview make sure you are in tune with the company environment and the requirements of the position. Consider the personality and behavior required in the position you are interviewing for – are you expected to be extrovert or reserved, detailed or innovative, creative or administrative. If you are going through a recruiter (Agency) ask for specific detail about the dress code so you know what to expect.   Dress in Accordance (Dress Your Best, Appearance matters when interviewing) Question: does it really make a difference how you dress for an interview? In many cases, it does. In the conservative business climate, appearances do matter. However, it does make sense to dress your best for the interview, regardless of the dress code at the organization. It is much better to be overdressed than underdressed or undressed in such situations it’s better to give more than less .It’s funny but here is a fact, 60% of people’s perception about you is based on how you look.   Some tips on how to look your best, without necessarily spending a lot of money. Here are the basics: Women’s Interview Attire
  • Solid color, conservative suit
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Moderate shoes
  • Limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Sparse (mild) 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
  How you should look varies depending on your industry and the job you’re interviewing for. Take a look at general interview attire expectations for this career area:   Human Resources If you’re interviewing for an HR job, you must look professional and authoritative. You’ll need the look of “you could handle any crisis and be dependable.”   Government At an interview for a government job, don’t be flashy. This is a time to show you’re responsible, trustworthy and honest. But a bit of color is OK, whether you’re a man or a woman, be conservative with jewelry, makeup and hairstyles,   Technology If you’re applying for a technical position, you won’t need a suit, “A collared shirt and khakis or Pants would work. Same goes for women but upgrade your attire if you’re interviewing for a higher-level job.   Finance If you’re interviewing for a finance job, remember that nothing is more precise and exact than managing money. You cannot afford to have a hair out of place. Full business professional attire is required and expected.   Hospitality Image is particularly critical in the hospitality industry. A suit is appropriate for some positions but not always a must. However, you always need to make a great first impression.   Sales Typically, a suit is the uniform for a sales interview but you might be able to go with bolder designs and colors. The product or service you’re representing will determine how classic, trendy or fashionable you should be. Remember your Dress sense is a reflection of your personality; learn to send the right right message.    
About the Author Eru Kobe Godwin is a poet, designer, and a writer at   He is also the CEO at Cypress Concepts: corporate and casual shirt designers and stylists.

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This article was first published on 13th June 2012 and updated on June 19th, 2012 at 9:00 am

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