What do you think was the worst outfit that someone has worn for a job interview ever? An applicant for a career services director at Chicago University wore a Madras tie as a belt and a patterned cotton hat.
According to a survey by careerbuilder.com, hiring managers have come across candidates with dirty fingernails, T-shirts with offensive prints on them, micro miniskirts and some even arriving for an interview with bare feet.
• Do not carry a back pack or fanny pack for an interview. Carry a briefcase instead. Also some image consultants say it is better if women do not carry a purse.
• Don’t leave your sunglasses on top of your head and your headphones around your neck. Keep all the travel gear in your briefcase before you enter the venue.
• Your skirt should not be too short like the girls in “The Apprentice”. Your thighs should be covered when you sit.
• Your tie should be made of silk and at least 3 and a quarter inch wide with decent patterns. Preferred colours are red and burgundy.
• Women should keep their make up to a minimum and men should avoid it altogether.
• Men should avoid wearing any jewellery other than wedding rings. Avoid wearing earrings and too many rings on your fingers.
• Women should not wear more than one set of earrings.
• Avoid tongue piercings and visible tattoos.
• Make sure your clothes fit you well. If not, get them altered before you wear them to the interview.
• Women should avoid long fingernails with bright nail lacquer. Your nails should be clean and trimmed to appropriate length.
• Avoid unnatural hair colours and hair styles. Men should keep their hair short.
• Men should avoid short sleeved shirts with a tie.
• Women should wear neutral coloured hosiery with their suits and not fishnet, patterned hosiery or even bare legs.
• Men should match their socks with their shoes. The socks should be long enough so that skin is not visible when they are seated.
• Your clothes should be clean and neatly ironed.
• Wear clean formal footwear. Avoid sneakers, open toed shoes, sandals and stilettos.
• Avoid strong perfumes, colognes and after shaves. Some people are allergic to certain perfumes. Keep your fragrance subtle.
• Wear a matching belt and shoes made of leather or a leather-like material. Colours such as black or cordovan are the best.
• If you are wearing a new suit, make sure you have removed the price tag, extra buttons, the zigzag threads that keep the pockets and slits closed.
Make sure that there will be no wardrobe malfunction during the interview. Plan what you will wear few days before the interview, so that you can get it cleaned and pressed in time.
Make sure you look professional so that the interviewer pays attention to what you are saying and is not judging you by what you are wearing.
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