say you are going for an interview tomorrow. You have prepared yourself well
for the occasion -
anticipating the questions and getting ready the answers - but have you given
a thought to what you will
you have not peeked into your wardrobe yet, it's time to take a real hard look
now. Your application's
fate depends not just on how well you answer the interview questions, but also
on how well you project
The first impression your interviewer makes about you is based on the way you
look, and you know what
they say about first impressions. According to Joe Hodowanes, J.M. Wanes and
Associates career strategy
advisor, "The way a person dresses is the single biggest non-verbal
communication you make about
The right dressing is a measure of the seriousness that you place on the
position, as a person normally
spends time on his looks if he considers an event important enough.
proper dressing by itself will not get you the job, a poor dress sense may
exclude you from
further consideration," warns Gerry Ditching, managing partner of
Filgifts.com. Besides, given two
equally good applicants, the company may choose to hire the person who is
dressed more professionally.
Here are some tips to give you a headstart.
shirt and dark slacks. White is still the safest and the best color for
shirts. The colour is also
appropriate for our tropical weather. Also acceptable: pale shades such as
beige, blue, and other pastels.
in the shirt and do not roll up the sleeves. Never wear a short-sleeved shirt
to an interview or any
business purpose. Wearing a short-sleeved shirt will destroy your executive
Optional. But if you do wear one, choose a conservative pattern. Solids, small
polka dots, diagonal
stripes, small repeating shapes, subtle plaids and paisleys are all
Belts should match your shoes. Those with smaller buckles with squared lines
Black socks are the best, followed by blue or gray, depending on your attire.
Never wear white
socks! Check your sock length, too--no skin should show when you sit down or
cross your legs.
Shoes. Black or burgundy leather shoes with laces on them, because tassel
loafers are very casual. Other
suitable colors are brown, cordovan and navy.
Keep neat, short and preferably parted on the side. And shave off all those
Wear no or little jewellery. The watch and wedding ring are the only
acceptable pieces of
jewellery to go with the male attire. Thin gold or leather-strapped watches
look professional but not digital
watches. Also, avoid political or religious insignias, necklaces or bracelets.
Definitely no pierced body
parts, and cover up your tattoos!
As much as possible, use leather briefcases or folders to hold copies of your
narrow briefcases and avoid plastic folders and plastic ball pens as they are
out of place.
Three-piece business suits, blouse and skirt or slacks, and cardigan
twin-sets. Sleeveless shirts should be
rejected. Short-sleeved blouses are okay when they are tailor-cut or have
features such as a sports collar or
double breast design to create a business-like look. Skirts can either be long
provided it does not create a
Cinderella or barn-dance look or short where it falls no shorter than two
inches from the knee. Nothing too
or stockings. A must for professional grooming, but nothing with overly fussy
an extra pair, just in case the ones you are wearing run.
Closed shoes or pumps with at least 1?-inch heels suggest a more professional
look. Dark colors
Hair longer than shoulder length should be worn up or pulled back. Don't let
it fall in front of your
face and don't keep trying to fix it during the interview. Avoid large hair
ornaments and trendy hairstyles.
Be subtle; natural is the key word. Light shades of lip coloring and nail
Be conservative. Studs of gold, silver or pearls are best. Do away with gaudy
and those that clank and make noise when one moves.
Folders and bags should blend well with the total professional look. Women
should match their purse with their shoe colour.