“The clothes make the man” – do they, or not?
How should you dress for a job interview?
Suit and tie for the gentlemen, suit for the ladies. Is it possible to deviate from this classic cress code? Yes or no? Everything depends on the position in question. When it comes to proper attire, the regulations for some professions are quite strict; this typically applies to the hotel industry, law firms, notary’s offices, banks, etc. However, it’s always possible to take some liberties, perhaps by adding subtle colour accents. The important thing is that you observe the dress code of the particular industry, and always be authentic.
Every occupation has its own particular dress code. A sales clerk in a fashion boutique definitely needs to dress according to the latest trends. A hair stylist should have a well-kept, creative hairstyle in order to inspire his or her clients to be willing to try a new look. The most important thing is that one’s outward appearance does not conflict with the standards of one’s occupation. If you’re applying for a job and you haven’t been made of aware of any dress code at a company, what do you do to avoid making false assumptions before the interview? The best thing to do is to opt for neutral clothing and avoid anything flashy. Your attire should be chic and smart, without lots of frills. If you overdo it and dress too extravagantly, then in certain circumstances the person you’re interviewing with might get the impression that you’re pretending to be something you aren’t.
When it comes to proper attire, the regulations for some professions are quite strict; this typically applies to the hotel industry, law firms, notary’s offices, banks, etc.
So what does appropriate actually mean when it comes to attire? You should always be able to feel at ease. A distinction needs to be made between the look of an outfit and the way a person acts whilst wearing it. If a suit is so tight that it restricts your freedom of movement, or if it’s too big on you, this will make a bad impression in an interview. If your trousers are so tight that they look like sausage casings, this will influence your behaviour, making it nearly impossible to hide how uncomfortable it feels.
In conclusion let it be said that when choosing what to wear, the two most important points are that the clothing sits comfortably on you and that you come across as authentic. A person’s outward appearance should reflect the applicant’s personality. And it’s a futile endeavour to try to influence the impression you make with tricks and gimmicks.