No event creates as much stress in a man’s life as an impending interview. We understand the importance of turning up dressed just right so as to make a positive impression on the interviewer. But in a sea of vast sartorial choices, where do you even begin?
Start with research
A bit of research will tell you exactly what works best at the company you are interviewing for. Go through the Linkedin or Facebook pages and check out the pictures of company events to get a general idea. If you live near the office, you can wait around to see how the employees come into work every day. And finally, if you know someone who works at the office, you can drill them for all the details.
Here we have curated three looks for three popular dress codes:
There are traditional companies that follow the formal dress code. This is more so when their employees directly interact with customers and therefore represent the company on a day to day basis, e.g. banking, finance, law, and government. Exude authority and professionalism by pairing a solid navy or dark grey single-breasted suit with a classic dress shirt in white or light blue. Accessorise with a complementing skinny or regular tie and black or brown leather Oxfords.
Owing to the relaxed dress codes followed by most companies, you can no longer go with the trusted formal suit and tie. In fact, unless the company belongs to a conventional field like banking, finance, law or government, you might end up looking out of place with the other applicants. That being said, don’t wear chinos and unstructured blazers for your interview. Make a positive impression with a button-up dress shirt worn with dark grey or navy dress pants. Layer it with a blazer. Alternatively, wear a navy suit with a dress shirt. Accessorise with black leather Oxfords or Derbys.
Nowadays interviewers have started preferring the informal interview, where they try to get a feel of the candidate before asking them to come for a formal interview at the organization. These usually take place over coffee or lunch. Despite the informality of the situation, it’s best to come dressed well. Therefore, no casuals. Instead, stand out from the casually dressed crowd in a button-down Oxford shirt worn tucked in with slim-fit chinos, and accessorize with brown or black Derby shoes.
Apart from the above style tips, there are a few crucial rules to remember. They are:
- Don’t wear shirts in dark colors like black, indigo, etc. Instead, stick to office-friendly colors like white and blue. If you do want to add an element of design, then let it be in the form of ties and socks.
- Wear close-toed shoes, and ideally no sneakers or loafers without socks.
- Dress a level above the interviewer.
- Even if the company you are applying to has a casual dress code, and the position you intend to work for is young and hep, do not wear denim, sneakers or hoodies.
- Be well-groomed and sport stubble or long hair, no matter how good you look in it.
- Don’t wear overpowering perfume, even if it is your signature scent and expensive.
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