The Interview – Rules To Proper Dress Code
The way you groom yourself may change people’s attitude towards your words and it will subconsciously tell them how you really are. Appearance determines whether the interlocutor trusts or not your speech. So if you want people to listen to you, the secret is to properly dress your message.
An interviewer is expecting you to dress appropriately for the big day. If you are not, you might show that you don’t care about the interview or that you don’t understand the basics of what it takes to be successful in the workplace. People who dress appropriately for a job interview are more likely to be successful, as they look the part. Conversely, those who dress inappropriately (too informal for example) may be seen as having a more casual attitude toward work and authority, as well as possessing a lack of understanding of business etiquette.
You want to look smart and spontaneous? That’s good. But at the same time be mindful of the culture of the company you are applying to. Start-ups and new companies have embraced a much more casual approach to what is appropriate at the office, but they are an exception.
If everyone at the office is wearing jeans and a T-Shirt and you arrive in a double-breasted dark grey suit, you’ll be out of place and won’t fit in. When in doubt, bring a blue or grey jacket and carry it with you. You can throw it on to formalize and leave it off to be more casual.
Looking sharp can be the difference between a “Welcome” and a “We’ll let you know”. Any chance you can get to make a positive and immediate impact is a chance to get that job. An adequate look can certainly increase your chances of making a lasting and positive first impression.
Here some tips for choosing the right look for a successful job interview:
A custom suit can give to even the most insecure new graduate an extra dose of confidence. Keep it simple: a single-breasted two button dark grey or navy suit is versatile, effective and understated. The fit of the suit is what will set you apart from your competitors. A well-fitted jacket can promote good posture, and attitude: the psychological advantage you were looking for. So, mind the fit! You want the jacket to hug your shoulders and to be cut slim in the waist. In addition, make sure that not more of around half an inch of shirt cuff is shown at sleeve’s end.
This one’s easy: keep it crisp, clean and lightweight. Chose it white or light blue with a semi-spread collar. It will provide the foundation from which your tie choice and suit can play off. Subtlety is the key.
Feel free to choose small patterns and softer hues. It’s okay to show off your personality through your accessories, as long as you aren’t wearing a lime green pocket square. Also, there are many ways to tie a knot, you only need to know one way: the four-in-hand knot: simple and apt for all situations.
It’s widely accepted that one of the first places a man looks when he is introduced to someone is their shoe. Your attention to detail is reflected in the condition of your leather, so be sure to get a proper shine prior to the interview. Sophisticated black double monk strap shoes are commonplace in most offices nowadays, but if deviating from the baseline isn’t your thing, we completely get it. Stick with an oxford or cap toe lace up. And please, pick socks that match the color of your suit and a belt which match the shoe.