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Going for a job interview? This is how you should dress up
When you enter in an office cabin for a job interview, the first thing an employer notices is your attire. Even before they start conversing with you, they tend to formulate a positive or a negative opinion about you based on your appearance alone. So how to implement the dress-to-impress mantra? Here's a guide to ensure that you wear the best-suited outfit at the job you are applying for.

Formals is the Way Forward

Jeans, mini-skirts, spaghetti tops, bermudas, capries and t-shirts are few clothes that you should definitely stay away from when you are going to appear for an interview. Even if the company goes by a laid-back dress code, you must wear formals till the time you actually get the job.

While ladies can choose from tops, formal dresses, knee-length skirts, suits, sarees and even a business suit; men should stick to formal shirts, trousers and suits. A tie will be an add-on to complete a professional look. See through-clothes, a bulging cleavage or hairy chest show these are among the completely unacceptable faux pas while dressing for an interview and should be avoided at all costs.

Say No to Funky Footwear

Women can opt for open-toe or closed-toe pumps, belly shoes or wedges with middle-sized heels but do take care that you should be comfortable while walking. Men should wear the classic black or brown Oxfords and make sure that the shoes are well-polished and no holes or undone stitches are visible. Remember that footwear like sports shoes, flotters and slip-ons are a strict no-no for both men and women.

Accessorize Minimally

'Be classy, not flashy' should be your by-word while accessorizing before going to an interview. An elegant watch, a black or brown leather belt, a matching tie and a wallet is the maximum number of adornments a man should carry. Do not even try donning a Bappi Lahiri look by blanketing yourself in gold jewellery, though engagement ring is an exception. 

Similarly women should avoid wearing noisy jewellery and stick to studs or other varieties of middle-sized earrings and chic rings. A mangalsutra might be an ad-on considering the Indian scenario. Scarfs worn with work-blouses are another option for women to accentuate their style. Lastly, visible body tattoos or body piercings should be camouflaged smartly to put on a mature, responsible and professional look.

Hairstyle: Keep it Neat

Get a haircut well in advance, you should not be uncomfortable or worried about looking awkward at the time of interview. Men should either shave or trim their facial hair at least a day before their interview to avoid any discomfort due to possible rashes or cuts. Coming to women, keeping it simple and stylish is the best option as rarely any employer would like a candidate fiddling with or adjusting her hair rather than focusing on the interview process itself.

Colors to Swear By

Though shades of black, blue, white and brown are the most preferred colors when it comes to a job interview, you can still choose to wear any other color as per your wish. Just make sure that you don't wear anything which looks to gaudy to look at. Make appropriate color combinations, for e.g wearing a mustard-yellow top and red trouser might make you look tacky. Using contrast colors is the best way to try the mix and match formula while dressing manual.

Wearing ironed clothes, using a lightly-fragrant perfume or a deodorant and moisturizing your face, hands and lips should also be a part of your power-dressing manual. So, clad yourself to travel the road to success and let us know how your experience was. We would love to get a talk-back from you.

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