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Since Easter is just around the corner, it’s time to put on your Sunday best and enjoy the long weekend with friends and family.
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Preparing for a job interview is never fun. If you are getting ready for an interview, selecting the right outfit can play an integral role in whether or not you get the job. Follow these four tips before your next interview (and good luck!):
1. Keep it classy
Even if the company you’re applying for has a casual dress policy, it’s best to go conservative for the interview. Often, you’ll be interviewed by HR, who almost always dress in a suit. Plus, it shows your potential colleagues that you’re serious and professional.
2. Black is not always best
Black was traditionally seen as a power colour, indicating confidence and professionalism. But don’t think you have to wear black for your interview today. Sometimes it can look too severe and stuffy. You can still dress conservatively in shades of grey, which can look really smart against a coloured shirt or blouse.
3. Consider your industry
When you’re choosing your interview outfit, you need to think critically about your industry. For example, if you are applying for a job as an interior decorator, it would be appropriate and to incorporate colours into your outfit. An example would be wearing a light grey suit with a turquoise top. Unless you are going for finance or legal jobs, incorporate a taste of your individual style into your outfit.
4. Details, Details, Details
Remember to pay attention to details such as your jewellery, nails and makeup. While jewellery can enhance your interview outfit, it shouldn’t be too ostentatious or loud. Keep your nails chip-free and clean. Also remember that you wear your face just as you do your clothes. Opt for make-up that subtly enhances your natural beauty rather than loud colours.
“How you dress reflects how you do your work,” says Anne Stevens of travel industry specialist Hanna Recruitment. “Your outfit must say that you are neat, tidy, on time and that you pay attention to detail.”
Even on casual Fridays, “see through” fabric, bare flesh and shoes that make you teeter or wobble through the office rather than stride with confidence are out, out, out.
Emily Furmage, general manager of PKL Personnel, an office support specialist, has a number of “golden rules” when it comes to dressing to impress at work.
“No midriffs, no bra or cleavage showing, no strappy sandals and no stockings with toeless shoes,” Emily says. “I can’t believe I have to say that but I remember meeting with a perfectly dressed woman who then went to a job interview at a chartered accounting firm wearing low slung jeans and a midriff.”
The mini skirt was also not favored as a career tool by the two fashion experts we consulted for our story – Holly Lloyd-McDonald, a Melbourne-based fashion writer with the Herald Sun newspaper and Carol Provan, a magazine stylist and a fashion consultant based in Sydney.
Carol took us on a tour of stores in Sydney Central Plaza to demonstrate just how many alternatives to the mini there are this season. These include the knee length A line skirt, the calf length tube skirt, the classic straight skirt that stops just above the knee and “the flowing long skirt in jersey fabric”.
Pants are straight legged with flat front panels so they sit well with jackets, which are either tuxedo style or classic cropped “Chanel” style.
As for shoes, everyone agrees that strappy sandals are best kept only as evening or weekend wear.
“The black court shoe or pump with nice square heels and toes came in three years ago and they are still in,” says Holly. “Pointy toed black mules are also in but in strong ‘don’t mess with me’ colours like strong pink, scarlet and red. Any extra detail like stitching is also in.”
Carol advocates “low heels”, traditional mules and sling backs with closed toes.
As for colours Holly says “white is HUGE but the jury is still out for me as far as wearing all white to the office is concerned. It’s not practical.”
The colour “sand” is everywhere and has taken over from camel. Reds are still around as well as beige, some pastels, chocolate, mocha and off-white.
“The classic black suit is still in, especially in three pieces – jacket, skirt and pants, but black can look silly in summer so break it up with a cool green or cream shirt,” Holly says. “The standard navy is also fine.”
All our expects recommend keeping jewellery simple and to a minimum, like make up, and while “big hair” is back, they say that for the office neat and worn out or neat and worn in works best.
Finally, a word for the blokes. Anne Stevens says “no funny ties” while Emily Furmage pleads with men to iron their shirts.
Holly says suits in Prince of Wales checks are in. “They should wear their hair short and spiky on top – although long hair is everywhere on the catwalk.”
Duke Ocansey of Morrisey in Sydney Central Plaza says shirts and ties should be worn in strong colours or colours that contrast.
By Kate Southam, Editor www.careerone.com.au