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There is no need to say how important it is to make a good first impression on the interviewers, and the extent to which our dress code is going to affect it. If you are preparing for your placements and arrived here to read this article, then you already understand the importance of a proper dress code in the corporate world.
Formal dress code for Women:
- In India, women are often confused when it comes to dressing for an interview. The reason is they could not decide whether to opt for the western outfits or the traditional Indian formals. And since most of the companies hiring in India allow both of them. So it is suggested to choose that style of dressing, in which you feel comfortable.
- If you go for Indian formals, use plain cotton sarees or Salwar Kameez with plain dupatta. Avoid low-cut necklines. Prefer light pastel shades. Don’t use very colourful clothes.
- When choosing western formals, use plain light coloured blouse with formal trouser or skirt of conservative length, up to the knee. Prefer dark shades for the trouser. In winters, a blazer or conservative suit can be used.
- Avoid too much make-up and use simple jewellery.
- Use low heels so that you feel comfortable.
Formal dress code for Men:
- Men can wear plain light coloured formal shirt and a tie. Trouser should be plain and of dark shade. In winters, wear a conservative suit or blazer of solid (e.g. black/navy) colour.
- The tie should be simple, conservative and not too flashy. It should match the colour of shirt or suit.
- Shirt should be tucked-in, and shoes should be well polished.
- Hair should be neat and clean.
- Avoid jeans and T-shirts.
Also take care of the following things:
- Use comfortable cotton clothes.
- Get your clothes cleaned and ready a day before the interview.
- Before going for an interview, ensure that you have all the required clothes.
- The nails and teeth should be neat and clean.
- Hair should not be too long.
- Shoes should be polished.
- Take care of your body-odour. Use a deodorant after taking bath.
- Never wear sneakers, noisy shoes, or very high heels for an interview.
- Never bring chewing-gum, coffee, soda, ipod etc. to the interview.
- Wear a smile on the face.
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