What NOT to wear... at the office or anywhere else

Monday, 9 February 2009 14:14 by IQ Blogger

When the subject of interviewing attire comes up, we have seen it ALL...  from blue jeans to the dreaded combination of navy blue and black (guys please note…this is a big NO).

You would think that in today’s world there are enough business resources out there (and fashion magazines) that people can look at before they dress for a professional interview.  Sadly, there isn’t.

Here are some of our favorites that have walked through our doors:

If you are going to wear a brand new suit/outfit make sure you remove all of the tags Before the Interview.  We were interviewing a candidate and he had tags sticking out on his suit…guess he was going to return it after the interview if he thought it didn’t go well!  Either that…or he was trying to make his own fashion statement…needless to say, it didn’t catch on!

Dress in clothing that fits your body:  Once a candidate came in with a shirt and tie… great interviewing attire, right?  Yes, except that his tie was too short… really short…kind of like Yogi Bear…it came up to the middle of his chest.  Not only was the tie bad, but the shirt was too small…about two sizes too small!  Throughout the interview our thoughts were… if he moves too fast will a button pop and shoot into my eye?  Ouch!

Here is a quick list of NO’s we came up with:

  • Flip-flops or sneakers.
  • Underwear (bras, bra straps, briefs, boxers, etc.) on the outside…they don’t call it UNDERWEAR for nothing!
  • Shorts.
  • Jeans.
  • Skirts that are too short.  If you think it’s good for clubbing…it’s a sure thing it’s not good for interviewing!
  • Pants that are too low-rise or too tight (see Skirts!).
  • Blouses that are too low-cut or too short (see Skirts and Blouses!).

Trendy vs. Classic:  Opting for a classic interview suit that will last for years is a better investment than the latest trendy attire that will only last a season.  Your idea of trendy might not match the interviewer's perspective on what's fashionable, so err on the side of dressing conservatively when you interview.

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