Hollywood costume designer Edith Head once said, “You can have anything you want in life if you dress for it!” Words of wisdom we say, especially in today’s fast- paced world, where a lot rides on how you look. Even before you speak, you announce yourself to the world in a way that can make it or break it for you. Sounds shallow but that’s how things work these days, to an extent. Even for men! Yes, you might think that people don’t notice but they do. And if you are heading for a job interview then you should take this very seriously and probably learn the art of ‘dressing to impress’.
Dressing for an interview is as important as your style statement for a first date with the girl you have a crush on as it opens a window for your potential employer to get to know you better. But if you end up in a meeting in shabby clothes and flyaway hair, chances are you have probably missed out on the opportunity no matter how talented you are. Men usually do that and we are talking from experience.
Remember, the smallest of details can set you apart from your competitor. Your clothing should say, “I have good judgement, I am responsible, socially adept and it shall take a true visionary like you to hire me”, and you can easily do it with a crisp white shirt and linen trousers. But if you want to ace your game, then here are a few pointers by Meha Bhargava, founder and CEO, Styl.Inc Image Management Consultants.
First interview: Wear a well fitted dark trouser teamed with a bright shirt and a black blazer. You can take up the attire a notch higher by accessorising it with a pair of studs and a decent sized watch.
Corporate interview: A well fitted suit in a dark shade will be the perfect enhancer for you. Make sure the fabric of the suit is according to the season. Teaming it up with a lighter colour shirt will work wonders.
Start-up interview: Start-ups are usually not run by the older generation and a semi-formal look can work well. Wear well-fitted denims with a smart T-shirt though with no slogans written on it. Match it with a sporty jacket and you are good to go. But if you want to look the part then you can just shrug on a blazer with your denims and T-shirt look.
* When in doubt neutral colours are guaranteed to work together.
* Avoid loud colours for an interview.
* Avoid shiny fabrics as it can be quite distracting and portray a negative image.
* Well styled hair screams business. Get a haircut according to your face shape.
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