This is an old adage and something everyone agrees on but I a little curious about the details.
I also believe that you should be the change you want to see and my clothes reflect that.
I dislike how people tend to stick to dark colours (at least in Canada) so I like to change it up. My winter jacket is hot pink but I wonder if I should wear that to interviews or go for a more neutral colour. I’ve done both and the pink doesn’t seem to have a negative response but I’ll like you guys to weight in. I pair my very hot pink jacket with a dusty rose coloured purse.
Same goes with blazers and dress shirts, most of mine don’t follow the usual style and has something more. A frill down the front of whatever and my blazers have accents….basically you get the point – my clothes are very girly. But for interviews should I stick to my more traditional version of business formal or mix it up a little?
I think you should not aim for extremes. With extremes, you basically take a risk – the interviewer will remember you, but for a good or bad reason?
The advice I usually give is to see what people in that particular company usually wear. Get an idea of what the ‘norm’ is for that company, and then adjust from there.
For example – if I see that most people in a particular company wears tshirts and jeans, I’ll look like a prat wearing a full suit to an interview. So I’ll show up with jeans but a proper working shirt with no tie (i.e. dressing up from the norm a few notches). If the firm’s employees tend to wear work trousers and shirt with no tie, maybe I’ll add on the tie and blazer.
If they’re super conservative (i.e. fully suited), I’ll follow suit (:D) but maybe with one accent – e.g. a bold skinny tie, or a scarf/brooch in your case.
Figure out the norm, and move up one or two degrees in formality if they’re not super formal.
Sorry for the male bias but I don’t want to give wrong advice! See if the girls weigh in. 🙂
@Zee I usually go for strictly traditional. I think once I had an interview where I was dressed up more cutely (?) than usual and the interviewer started flirting. I did get the job and he did pay me handsomely (better than the agreed upon rate) but it was weird…and because of this I usually conform to the usual staple of business formal.
I also had an interview at a tech company and worked there for 5 months but I just couldn’t conform with their dress code. Ripped jeans and wrinkled shirts?!
@diya I’d advise against wearing a blue checkered shirt and black trousers 🙂
I think ‘dressing to impress’ is definitely a good guide. You want to impress your interviewer. A bit of platonic flirting is ok (more like banter) but don’t take it too far.
I think dressing traditionally is absolutely a safe way to go. Wear a particular item of clothing like @zee says to feel more at ease with yourself – a scarf, a favourite bag, shoes, anything.
But most importantly let your self-confidence do the talking. 🙂
@diya er, kind of hard to explain. You’re absolutely right in saying work and romance shouldn’t mix so I’m not suggesting that you do that!
It’s similar to how two male friends might, at face value, insult each other, but they don’t really intend to be mean to each other, it’s just a bit of fun and games. An exchange of wits.
So in the male-female dynamic, the exchange of wits sometimes is in a flirty format, but it’s not proper flirting, i.e. it’s very, very mild, and there’s no intention on either side to take it any further.
I might be digging myself a deeper hole here…
@christine I’m used to not having my weekends
CFP – Certified financial planner
But I can write the challenge exam and skip most of the pain
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