After you have done a good job of writing an application, giving finishing touches to your resume and have received that important call for the interview, one small detail remains to be taken care of. Though many of us would not attach much importance to attire, let me tell you when you appear for an interview, what you wear is of great importance and deserves every bit of your attention.
An impeccably turned out candidate will have a better chance of making a good impression on an interview panel at a job interview or a campus interview. If you want the first impression you make on an interviewer to be good as well as lasting, you have to be careful how you dress.
In last week’s column we discussed the best practices for girls while choosing attire. This time let us look at some pointers that boys can follow.
- The most important thing to keep in mind is to make 'dressing sharp and clean' your mantra.
- Invest in a well-tailored suit. I can’t lay enough stress on the perfect fit. Make sure you have a trial run in your chosen suit before you actually go for the interview.
- The coat should match the pants.
- A white cotton shirt is an asset and paired with a dark suit and tie makes for an impressive entrance. If you don’t have a white shirt, you can go with any light coloured shirt. Blue is a good bet.
- While choosing a tie, go with conservative colours and patterns.
- When picking a belt, make sure the buckle isn’t too flashy. Keep in mind that the colour of your belt should complement or match that of your shoes.
- I can’t lay enough stress on the importance of clean and well-polished shoes. Choose simple lace-up shoes in black or brown and before you enter the interview room make sure that your laces have not come undone for any reason. Loafers, as comfortable as they may be, are not a very wise choice for the occasion, nor are any kind of sports shoes.
- If you carry a bag, choose a leather briefcase or a portfolio.
- Steer clear of displaying sunglasses if you are carrying a pair. Especially beware of putting them on your forehead.
- Shave properly and if you have a beard or moustache make sure that it has been neatly trimmed.
- Pay attention to your hands. A manicure is a good idea but if that is not your thing then at least ensure that your hands are clean and nails have been trimmed.
- Wearing flashy jewellery or a watch isn’t a good idea. Remember this is not the place to make personal statements.
Turning off your cell phone and putting it out of sight is considered good manners. Greet the interviewer with a warm smile and a firm handshake. Here is wishing you best of luck for the next interview.
Readers, if you have questions send a mail to Aanandika Sood and she will certainly have a response for you.