Ladies, go for Indian wear
Depending on the position you have applied for and the industry, a cotton sari can be a good choice for an interview.A nicely pinned up cotton sari looks elegant when paired with a conservative cotton blouse (half sleeves, preferably).Sari is a good choice for tourism, hospitality and aviation sectors.While salwar-suits do look elegant, managing the stole can be a task, unless it’s of a material that stays and you don’thave to keep adjusting it in its place. A kurti and salwar is, in fact, a better option. Since there’s no stole with it, withthe right pattern and colour, it can look formal and business-like. But no heavy sequins or embroidery!Traditional nose pins are acceptable, provided they are small and pretty.Don’t wear any gawdy stuff. As for necklacesand earrings, small is beautiful and smart.
Western outfit is a safe choice
However, for most sectors western wear is the perfect choice. A formal shirt and trousers, and low-heeled pumps,preferably black, or any dark colour – no purple, please – would go well. And if your pumps are peep-toes thenplease pedicure your nails. If you want to paint them, only light colours.In case you plan to wear a skirt, then it should be a formal, well-fitted, black or grey skirt that reaches below theknees. With a formal skirt, stockings are a must. No fishnet stockings but plain, skin coloured ones. They lookgraceful.
Belt, shoes, bags and the works
Gentlemen, if you are wearing a black belt then match it with black shoes,a brown belt with brown shoes. Recruitingcompanies say it’s a good idea to match the shoes or the belts with the colour of the spectacles, handbags or briefcases. So keep that in mind, as well.We all know that shoes should be polished; black is a safe colour, and no pointed, long shoes. And ladies: no fancyheels, stilettos, and bright colours.Women could wear a medium width belt with formal trousers; it gives a neat look. Choose a plain black belt, andresist fancy buckles. Make-up could be kept to a minimum. Lipstick: light pink or brown. Both mat and gloss are finebut avoid glitter in lipstick.
Nothing looks neater than a short haircut in men. Gel your hair to avoid any stray hair sticking out, but do not overdoit or back comb your hair as it will send out a wrong message.Women could wear their hair in a bun, neatly held in pins or a plain black scrunchy. A high, top bun will look right for the aviation sector. If you wish to wear your hair open, then blow-dry and set it. When you comb or brush your hair,please brush the stray strands off your shirts or tops. In case there’s a dandruff problem, take care of it; white skinflakes on a dark suit is not a good idea.As for bulging pockets, body-piercing, tattoos, low-waist trousers and male jewellery common sense would say: avoid it, please. One gem stone ring is fine; too many might show you in adifferent light. And a last piece of advice: don’t drench yourself in cologne or deodorant; it can give your recruiter aheadache the moment you enter. A gentle spray is enough.And just before you leave, have a last look in the mirror. You know you are looking great!
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