Not every interview you attend converts into a job offer. And though it’s not just how you dress that matters, it is important that your attire is in accordance with the work culture and dress code of the company you are applying to. Here’s how you can floor the interviewer with your sense of style. The rest, of course, depends on your academic/work experience, which I can’t help you with!
If you’re interviewing for an organization where employees dress casually, like, say an ad agency or a dot com firm, and your profile doesn’t require you to interact with clients, it’s alright to dress casually. You can wear jeans, but avoid ripped ones. It’s still an interview, so don’t wear a T-shirt. Men can wear casual shirts, and women can opt for shirts/tops in muted colours. No sports shoes or flip-flops please!
If you’re interviewing for a slightly more formal company, like say, a PR agency, dress accordingly. No jeans here. Men and women can wear chinos, and the latter can even wear a dress (sheath dress, shirt dress etc.) with flat sandals.
If you’re interviewing for a senior position, you are required to dress formally. Radiate power through your formal attire. Both men and women can wear blazers; men can team them with formal trousers and shirt, women can pair them with a high-waist formal skirt and shirt.
There are some basic don’ts that apply to both the sexes. Body odour is a big no no, as is bad breath. No tight clothing, nothing transparent, no jazzy colours. Women who are not comfortable with Western wear can don a salwar kameez without gaudy embellishments. It’s vital that women wear minimal makeup and no distracting jewellery. Don’t accessorise too much. A sleek watch, stud earrings, and maybe a delicate ring or pendant is more than enough. And do take care that your skirts and dresses are knee-length or just above, with no plunging necklines. All you men, ensure that you’re not wearing snazzy shirts, your belt matches the colour of your well-polished shoes, and you’re not wearing a sports watch with your formal blazer. Opt for smart formal watches with steel straps and medium-sized dials.
Above all, look pleasant, don’t try too hard, and be polite yet assertive. Go crack it!