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Fashion Police

Some people will tell you that you should never wear white after Labour Day. Or open-toed shoes after 5pm. Or brown shoes with black pants.

When it comes to fashion, there are lots of rules, and you can either pay attention or ignore them depending on the kind of person you are or how seriously you take fashion magazines.

But it’s hard not to feel like there are some rules which should always be followed – Golden rules, if you like. These are the very basics – like never wearing a belt and suspenders, or plaid on plaid, or vertical stripes and horizontal stripes at the same time, or socks with sandals.

On whichever side of the recruitment table you’re on, experience has taught us that there are some basic tenets which are worth bearing in mind when it comes to dressing for a face-to-face job interview. On one hand an interview is an occasion where individuality has real currency, but we feel it should not extend to your choice of attire.

The idea of the interview dress is that the interviewer will focus on your eyes, your smile and what you are saying.

So our Golden Rule is this: dress to reduce distractions from what you’re saying.

  • Wear a dark suit that fits you well – not too big, not too small, pressed and purchased within the past decade.
  • Keep accessories simple – less is more.
  • Cleavage and skin tight shirts look great at the club but they can be distracting in an interview
  • There is no hard and fast rule about how you should wear your hair, so long as it is not in your eyes or touching your face in a way that needs to be adjusted every 30 seconds…again, can be distracting.

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