The first rule of dressing for interviews is:
YOU CANNOT GO WRONG BY BEING BORING AND CONVENTIONAL!
Whatever the job, you want the interviewer to remember you for your personality and performance: not as “the one with the garish tie/short skirt/nose stud ….”. Once you have the job, you can wear whatever the employer approves of. But you need to get the job first – so play safe! If you look really smart it will give a big boost to your confidence.
A study by the University of Texas and Sonoma State University found that levels of extroversion, self-esteem, and how religious you are can be judged from your physical appearance.
A survey conducted by TheLadders.co.uk management careers company found for senior male and female executives conducting interviews 37% had decided against hiring a candidate due to the way they were dressed. Traditional formal interview dress is the most likely to impress them whereas the biggest turnoffs involved casual dress.
36% felt co-ordination of colours and styles was an important indicator of the candidate’s personality whilst 75% wanted clothes appropriate for the circumstances. 33% considered whether the candidate’s style suited their organisation.
Orange was the worst colour to wear at interview (95%) of executives felt it unacceptable, with red 84% and pink 83% also thought inappropriate. Stains and dirty marks turned off 59% of executives.
“Stick to safe corporate colours navy, black. Wear a suit or dress and jacket. Beware of showing too much flesh and of dressing too casually. Aim to be well groomed, elegant and professional, you will have more confidence and this will come across to the interviewer.” – Gabrielle Teare – Fashion Stylist
Senior executives conducting interviews.
MEN SHOULD WEAR
WOMEN SHOULD WEAR
Occasionally, you will be asked to wear “smart casual dress” for an interview, workshop or other event. This is actually harder than being asked to wear formal business attire, as it’s hard to know how casual to be! Ernst and Young give some excellent advice to candidates on what they view as “business casual” dress and you wouldn’t go far wrong if you followed their advice, if asked to wear smart casual clothing for an event. The specialist tie firm Tie Rack is closing in 2013 having diminished since the 1990s as men’s fashion has become less formal with open collar shirts becoming the norm. More companies have adopted a smart casual dress code especially in the creative industries.
The suit is dead!
A survey of 1,000 professionals found that 48% believe the age of the suit is over with ‘smart-casual’ attire replacing it. 34% no longer wear a suit for work unless they are meeting with clients or have an important conference to attend. 72% think you can wear ‘smart casual’ and still look smart in chinos or jeans, and a jacket and T-shirt combination. 64% said what they wear had no influence on their productivity at work. Many traditional firms in industries such as banking, insurance and law still require staff to dress formally but technology and media no longer have rigid dress codes
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Article Credit: https://www.kent.ac.uk/careers/ivdress.htm