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Interview Attire with Secret 13 Accessories Rule

Your appearance speaks for you when you are not speaking and could play a crucial role in sealing the deal, i.e... not to imply that you may get hired simply because you are well dressed, but vice versa does hold - a wrong outfit has ruined the chances of many job seekers. Your selection of clothes should reflect the kind and level of the job you aspire for Candidates will do well if they research the employer's standards and norms on dressing and use those inputs to present themselves in a way that they are representing the employer already.

Neatness Counts

Be sure to check for these little things which a rushed mind tends to miss until the last moment-store or dry cleaning tags, missing buttons, tiny rips in your clothing, dirty or uncut nails, unpolished shoes or worn heels, sagging socks, fly away hair-regardless of gender. Make sure that your clothes are neatly ironed and apply a lint brush, if necessary. People tend to associate the neatness of your appearance with the neatness of your manner of work. The corporate world deems conservative clothing in sober colours as its unofficial uniform. Avoid wearing or showing anything that might be regarded unprofessional, such as an unconventional body piercing, a tattoo or exotic jewellery. Dress comfortably, but appropriately. Once you've got these mentioned things in order, relax and concentrate on the interview.


Men should wear a well-tailored suit in traditional colours such as navy blue, charcoal grey or black, in solid or subtle stripe patterns (e.g. pinstripe).

Regular formal shirts should be worn, preferably in solids (no stripes or checks, except fine pinstripes). The shirt needs to be long-sleeved and button-down in sober/conservative colours. Also, light shirt with top dark pants or dark shirt with light pants is the code. Prefer dark trousers as light trousers visibly crease faster and may lend a shabby look by the time you appear for the interview.

A watch and/or one ring - not a flashy or big-stoned one - are acceptable. Apart from this, no jewellery, unless worn for religious or personal reasons, is acceptable.

The material Of the clothes you wear should be translucent or even semi-transparent. A vest under the shirt can never go wrong; it absorbs the sweat and keeps the shirt looking fresh for longer; especially during summer and humid months. Do not wear strong cologne or a lot of it.

The tie should preferably be solid or with pinstripe or a very petite print; just bear in mind that it should be conservative. A solid colour shirt can have a printed or striped tie, and a pinstriped shirt should have a solid tie.

Shoes need to be formal, polished (leather) and in good condition. No sneakers, canvas shoes, etc.

Socks need to be a dark solid or with a small pattern. As a rule, men match the colour of their belts to their shoes and the colour of their socks to their trousers. With black or navy blue trousers, a black belt, black shoes and black or navy blue socks look best.

Men should have their beard or other facial hair clean-shaven or neatly trimmed; like French beard, is acceptable. A full beard or stubble is unacceptable. Also, some industries and/or organizations may frown upon any kind of facial hair and long hair.

Men look sharp when they get a haircut 2—3 days before.


Western formal wear like a shirt or blouse with formal trousers is the most acceptable way of dressing up for an interview. A skirt should be knee-length or longer; not shorter. Neutral shades like charcoal grey, navy blue, black. etc., should be chosen. Indian formals (like salwar kameez, sarees, etc.) appear fine but should be in sober colours with minimal work upon it.

Avoid a low neckline and keep it conservative is the golden rule. Avoid sleeveless or excessively frilly tops.

Shoes should be dark in colour (like black, brown, navy, etc.), closed-toe, with a low, medium or flat heel.

Your hair should be clean and well-groomed. It is preferable to tie your hair for an interview & Keep your hair away from your eyes so you may focus on the 'eye contact' during the interview.

You should wear natural-looking makeup that will flatter and compliment and not overpower your outfit or distract your interviewer.

Nails should be clean and manicured. Women do not have to wear nail polish: however, if the polish is worn, make sure that it is a natural, conservative colour and is not chipping off.


Do not wear strong perfume or a lot of it. Wear only a conservative amount and minimalist type Of jewellery: A pair of studs is your best bet.

Embrace the "Rule of 13": The accessories should not be more than thirteen in number - the 13 includes accessories like earrings, rings or watch, and also accessories we do not typically think about like buttons on the blazer.

Handbags should be well-kept, moderate in size and neat in appearance. When you sit, keep your handbag to your chair or on the floor or sling it from the handle towards the floor. Avoid keeping it behind you Or on your lap and certainly not on the table.



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