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Impressions DO matter: Dress RIGHT for job success!
Last updated on: July 17, 2012 16:15 IST

A combo of good hygiene and a balanced wardrobe can give you a more professional look for interviews and work. he apparel oft proclaims the man, said William Shakespeare. In the 16th century Shakespearean era, clothes were given much thought and importance. Five centuries later, not much has changed. Dressing aptly for an interview or work can be mastered with attentiveness and care. The result seldom goes unnoticed. The following tips will help you accentuate your performance at work. Please click NEXT to continue reading...

1. Company culture sets the tone
Last updated on: July 17, 2012 16:15 IST

hile torn jeans were considered a style statement in college, it's a disaster to don them for your interview, even though different sectors and companies have varying perceptions on dress codes. Some have a written policy, while others follow unspoken norms. Hence, carefully selecting an outfit for an interview is the sensible thing to do. Formals are the preferred choice in corporate companies, while in other sectors the dress code can vary from semi-casual to downright casual. In the case of Hector Beverages, which markets an energy drink, a suit and tie is considered to be overdressed for an interview. "It depends on the DNA of the company. When we recruit candidates from colleges, we stress on wearing something comfortable but at the same time smart," reveals HR manager Ujwala Misra. An advertising, design or social media agency may tolerate creative professionals coming even in shorts!

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2012 16:15 IST ttending an interview in neat. feels that a formal shirt with jeans or a knee-length formal skirt is a safe attire when going for interviews.Rediff. call the HR of the company about what are acceptable standards before the interview date." advises Vidya Bhat. HR Head of Candid Marketing. Delhi. 2 of 10 7/17/2012 7:33 AM . 2.. she suggests. formal or semi-formal attire (depending on the sector). No college casuals. Some veterans in the corporate world feel that it can convey a level of seriousness and discipline. while informal attire can come across as having a casual attitude. Smriti Singh. "These days you get lots of trendy office wear.com/getahead/slide-show/slide-show-1-career-tips-to-. Freshers should start working on their wardrobes and invest in casuals that could be worn in office. Sending subtle messages Last updated on: July 17.rediff.Impressions DO matter: Dress RIGHT for job success! .com http://www. Take your time building up the wardrobe gradually. can subtly communicate an attentiveness towards work. who works in a BPO in Bangalore.. But if you are in doubt.

rediff. Attention to detail Last updated on: July 17. among other things. Her friends and seniors felt this was because she looked a little to plain and should have applied a little makeup to look presentable. Rukumini sports trousers.. the HR personnel will observe how you are dressed. she was not selected. or formal-looking salwar-kameez with sandals.com http://www.Rediff. 3 of 10 7/17/2012 7:33 AM .Impressions DO matter: Dress RIGHT for job success! . who learnt this the hard way. During her search for her first job. 2012 16:15 IST hile people who ask the technical questions may not notice what you are wearing during the interview.com/getahead/slide-show/slide-show-1-career-tips-to-.." shares Kolkata-based lawyer Rukmini Das. On a regular day. a shirt and closed toe shoes. she recalls that even though the interview went well. 3.

rediff. especially when you are a fresher. That candidate was not called again. Moral of the story is that since an interviewer may see you only once before making up his or her mind..Rediff. 4 of 10 7/17/2012 7:33 AM . Avoid overdressing Last updated on: July 17. It's safer to skip loud colours and too much makeup. says that a candidate once arrived for the interview with too much makeup on.Impressions DO matter: Dress RIGHT for job success! . a senior public relations consultant from Bangalore. creating a good impression is of the utmost importance. 2012 16:15 IST ivya Renjan.. 4.com/getahead/slide-show/slide-show-1-career-tips-to-.com http://www.

rediff.Impressions DO matter: Dress RIGHT for job success! .com/getahead/slide-show/slide-show-1-career-tips-to-.. who's to say no? Women can opt for a salwar-kameez or churidaars. leggings. Chairman and CEO. Western vs Indian Last updated on: July 17. tee-shirts and jeans in the office. Women choose to wear saris. if you are comfortable in Indian formals. During field visits. where you may mingle with underserved communities. kurtas. or go for an Indo-western look with a fitted kurta and jeans. there is no restrictions on wearing Western formals.Rediff.com http://www. Although. 5.. Ethnic dressing is preferred in non-profit organisations. men are usually clad in half-sleeved shirts and pants or tee-shirts and jeans. 5 of 10 7/17/2012 7:33 AM . states Arthur Thangaiah. salwar suits. Sahaara Charitable Society. However. trousers and shirts or formal skirts. it's always salwar suits. The latter applies to men too. 2012 16:15 IST any corporate companies in India are flexible in their formal attire and do not insist on employees wearing suits.

Impressions DO matter: Dress RIGHT for job success! . 2012 16:15 IST his factor could prove to be the deal breaker for some interviews. Foreign clients tend to abhor a foul odour from the mouth or body. if the next candidate is as smart as you. Pay attention to personal hygiene Last updated on: July 17. 6 of 10 7/17/2012 7:33 AM . Mohan Ramnath." rounds up Mohan.. says he takes note of small things like body odour and bad breath. Echoing a similar opinion.com/getahead/slide-show/slide-show-1-career-tips-to-. "Business may be gained or lost based on such things as the odour of smoking or onions and garlic breath.rediff.Rediff.com http://www." Ramnath explains. 6.. HR manager of IOS Relocations in Mumbai. Smriti Singh narrates how she rejected a candidate whose shirt gave an impression that it had not been washed for days. or even a stale odour emanating from excessive use of hair oil. "If the overall appearance is proper. we don't place much importance on whether the shoes are matching the trousers.

Men are advised to shave daily. this corporate communications manager in Mumbai says it takes a little while to adapt your office dress code to your own taste. The same goes for hair oil. subtle fragrances. They can prove to be an irritant to colleagues. not stand out like sore thumbs. Vikram Tanver recalls wearing cotton. Use deodorant and mouth fresheners to keep odours at bay. 8. which were comfortable. light-coloured formals. The same goes for socks. 2012 16:15 IST n his younger days as a medical representative. Develop your own style Last updated on: July 17.. Go for mild.rediff. but complement attire. No pointed heels in the office.Impressions DO matter: Dress RIGHT for job success! . After working in varied sectors since. No striped shirts with striped trousers/skirts or checked shirts with checked trousers/skirts. 2012 16:15 IST orporate etiquette trainer Nishant Singh Tanwar of Hero Mindmine Institute offers some tips: Choose fabrics according to the weather. so that you look appropriate but are also comfortable Accessories must blend with your attire.Rediff. 7.com http://www. 7 of 10 7/17/2012 7:33 AM .. Accessories must blend with your attire Last updated on: July 17. Ties should contrast with shirts.com/getahead/slide-show/slide-show-1-career-tips-to-.

com/getahead/slide-show/slide-show-1-career-tips-to-.com http://www. skirt (one). heels (one). informal sandals or shoes (one) 8 of 10 7/17/2012 7:33 AM . 2012 16:15 IST ull sleeves/short-sleeved formal shirt: Two Formal pants/trousers/skirts: One (black or grey) Business suit: One (black) Formal cotton salwar kameez: Two to three Formal churidaar kurta: Two Leggings for kurtas: Two (one black and one white) Closed/open toe leather sandals: One Casuals: Kurti (three to four) and jeans (two).rediff..Rediff.Impressions DO matter: Dress RIGHT for job success! .. cargo pants (loosely cut pants with several pockets) (one). Must-have wardrobe essentials for women professionals Last updated on: July 17.

com http://www.Impressions DO matter: Dress RIGHT for job success! . jeans (two). 2012 16:15 IST ull sleeves formal shirt: Two (white or soft colours) Half sleeves formal shirt: Two (white and soft colours Formal pants/trousers: Two (black and grey) Leather shoes: One (black or brown) Casuals: Collared casual shirts (two or three)...com/getahead/slide-show/slide-show-1-career-tips-to-. loafers (slip-on shoes without laces)/floaters /sports shoes (one) 9 of 10 7/17/2012 7:33 AM . cargo pants (one).Rediff.rediff. Wardobe essentials for male professionals Last updated on: July 17.

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