Knowledge behind Your Job Interview Attire


Most people perceive "job interview attire" as a formal suit in black or white. Some who pursue "individualization" or "personality" may wonder if they can wear something other than a suit, or a color of red, purple, and green to a job interview and STILL GET THE JOB. The answer is Yes.


No matter what you decide to wear for your job interview, the ultimate rule you should keep in mind is: neat and tidy. Have you shoes polished, clothes ironed, nails cleaned and cut, hair well combed… These are the basic courtesy for a career man/woman.


Then the question comes to what exactly to wear to a job interview. You are supposed to dress yourself according to the specific working environment you are going into. In a workplace with all "white-collar" workers, you certainly cannot be dressed casually. Conversely, if everyone is wearing party dresses and you are in a suit, then you will definitely not be able to get the job, either.


Colors of clothes also have a lot to tell. It is true that black and white are always safe, but this does not mean you can never wear clothes in other colors. A famous global human resource company, CareerBuilder, launched a survey in August and September 2013, involving over 2000 HR managers and professionals in diverse fields. The survey asked the HR experts which the color of clothes they expect and not expect interviewees to wear as well as the implication of the colors in a deep level. Most (23%) of them thought blue was the best for job interviews, followed by black (15%). An expert said that navy blue would give one the biggest potential to win the job. The survey summarized HRs' ideas of the meaning behind each color:


Black: A color of leadership and seriousness.


Blue: People who wear blue clothes are perceived as team players who can be trusted and are confident.


Gray: Logical, analytical, individual, self-sufficient, independent-thinking.


White: The color can have dual meanings. One the positive point, it means one is organized, but one the negative point, one may be regarded as boring and lacking confidence. Experts suggest that if you go to a company where other people all get dressed in vivid colors, you will get much attention by wearing white clothes.


Brown: Dependable, warm, safe and reliable.


Red: The color gives off a sense of power and passion as well as courage, excitement and energy. It is the best choice when you want to persuade someone or leave someone a deep impression.


Orange, green, yellow and purple: These colors may make one look creative, interesting and attention-attracting, but lack a feeling of trust. You are discouraged to wear clothes in these colors to a job interview, though they may have great effects in gatherings and in-house meeting. By the way, in the CareerBuilder survey, a quarter of the HR experts said orange is the worst color for job interviews!


After choosing a suitable color, the rest is mainly about details. A formal suit is the safest attire with a button-down shirt and a knee-long skirt (for women) or a pair of pants or khakis (for man). The attire should fit your shape well (not looking too tight or too loose). Avoid extremely eyeball-catching shoes, hairstyles or hair color. Weird or loud patterns and decorations are also taboos, because such things will drive the interviewer's attention from you to your gadgets. Ladies' makeup and perfume should not be extravagant. Other details including your belt, tie clip or hair pin, and socks also count. Make sure that they all look good and moderate.


The last note, which has been cliché for the majority, still needs to be pointed out again for graduates and freshmen in career: NO jeans, shorts, tank tops, tight blouses, short pants and miniskirts in a job interview!

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