In a tight job market, what you wear to an interview could make a difference between getting an offer and getting rejected. “By not really investing in your appearance, it can actually cost you a job,” says New York-based image consultant and personal stylist David A. McKnight. “9 out of 10 employers say, when all else is equal, they select the most attractive candidate or the candidate that presents themselves the best.”
Below Are The Six Style Tips To Please Any Employer
Create Your ‘Visual’ Resume
- Make sure your attire sends a right message about your capabilities, says Mary Lou Andre, a Needham, Massachusetts-based image consultant and author of Ready to wear: a book on Expert’s Guide to Choosing and Using Your Wardrobe.
- “Shift your thought pattern on dressing from a fashionista type of approach to one tied to the competency, communication, and respect and appropriate boundary-setting,” Andre says. “You don’t have to be boring, but you do have to think about it.”
- Suit Up: Unless you’re told otherwise, always wear a suit to the first interview. For women, a pantsuit is no longer a fashion don’t, and is as acceptable as the traditional skirted power suit.
- “A suit is a sign of respect for the company as well as the person interviewing you,” McKnight says. “It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.”
The Rules Apply
- Knowing the office’s “rules” whether written or not is critical, especially for younger job seekers, according to Andre.
- A young guy who doesn’t wear socks to an interview at a financial firm won’t be taken seriously, while a young woman should be careful not to bare too much skin.
‘Mad’ For Tradition
- More than one in three people say their workplace has gotten more formal over the past 12 months, according to the poll.
- But while the fitted suits and skinny ties made popular by the retro TV series “Mad Men” can work
- In most office settings, it’s important not to go overboard.
- “You don’t want people to stop and stare,” McKnight says. “You need to understand the balance between looking trendy and looking current”.
- Put Your Best Foot Forward.
- Clothes may make the man, but beware the wrong shoes, especially if they’re unpolished.”When you look at men’s shoes, if they’re square-toed, chunky or have rubber soles, that completely dismantles the whole appearance,” McKnight says.
- Stretch Your Fashion Budget: If your budget doesn’t allow for major purchases, Andre recommends spending $100 on tailoring to update key pieces or improve their fitness.
- Another wallet-friendly purchase is a basic dark suit, which doesn’t show wear and tear and can be worn with different ties or accessories to first, second and third interviews.
Finally, weed out anything you’re not wearing on a regular basis.”Shop in your closet first,” Andre says. “We wear 20 percent of what’s in there 80 percent of the time. Give yourself permission to get rid of that other 80 percent. Turn it into cash by selling it or give it to charity.”
– Dinesh Varma