During the short time you and with the interviewers they access your qualifications and work experience as well as your verbal skills, body language and physical appearance. The last includes the way you dress. Remember, you have time to prepare, so make an effort to dress appropriately and aim to score maximum marks in this part of the job “test”.
- WHAT TO WEAR
First impressions count and you need to impress the interviewers. For non-executive positions such as front officers or back officers you should projects approachability and a pleasant disposition. In both cases your appearance should exude good taste and confidence.
- WHAT YOUR INTERVIEWERS THINKS
Your interviewer assesses your appearance not simply on his personal preference. He has to ask himself:
Does the candidate’s appearance fit the corporate image and corporate culture of the organization?
When top management or existing staff members see a new recruited dressed in this manner will they find it unacceptable?
When the organization’s customers or business associates interact with the new recruit will they fell uncomfortable?
- GROOMING TIPS
Hide tattoo: through tattoos are fashionable among both young men and women some interviewers may find them distasteful. So do not wear clothes which reveal your tattoos.
Avoid gaudy jewellery: Keep your accessories simple. Put aside those chunky chains bracelets and rings. Your interviewer may find them distracting. In particular do not wear nose eyebrow or tongue jewellery these are generally not acceptable.
Avoid strong perfume: your interviewer might find this overpowering or worse distasteful.
Practice good hygiene: make sure you use mouthwash or brush your teeth before the interview. You should not smell of coffee, fish or garlic. Avoid smoking before the interview because it fouls your breath.
Avoid sloopy or ill-fitting outfits: dressing too casually for example baggy pants and an oversized T-Shirt will make you look snoopy and interviewers may conclude that you are just as sloopy in your work.
Carry a file or briefcase:do not carry your documents (certaficates, testimonials or other materials) in an old paper or plastic bag. This will reflect poorly on you. Use a proper document file or briefcase to project or more serious and professional image