Call me old-fashioned, but do you think I am being unrealistic expecting people to turn up for an interview suitably dressed – looking smart and well presented? I am guessing the age of people owning an iron can’t be common practice these days; a belt to hold up the pants wouldn’t go astray either. The comb can’t have been invented yet, as I don’t think any of those I met actually owned such an accessory. Are you getting the picture?
So in my opinion, what should some-one wear to an interview then? Smart casual is what I would term the phase these days. For guys, a nice pair of dress-pants (with a belt of course) and an ironed shirt (short or long-sleeved) – a dab of aftershave and a quick comb through the hair and I’d be happy to greet you. Of course don’t forget the shoes – no sneakers please. For shopping ideas, guys I’d recommend checking out Hallensteins, Barkers and Tarocosh as you’ll get helpful service and it’ll be a one-stop shop for all your needs.
The issue I think for us girls is dressing appropriately and to suit our age and body shape. I probably can’t have too much opinion on this as I have been called out on numerous occasions about my ‘sense of style’ which it would appear, is not similar to what the general population expects for work attire. See the photo of what I wore today and make your own opinion.
For girls you can probably shop in many of the chain stores around NZ to find a good range of work-wear. I’d suggest checking out Max, Portmans and Witchery for starters. In more recent times, Trelise Cooper has released a collection called ‘boardroom‘ that looks professional, tailored and aimed at the corporate market. At the other end of the spectrum, Dress for Success helps those women wanting to return to the workplace, look and feel good. There is something out there for everyone.
For me I like people to wear something that shows their individuality – it needs to be clean and tidy and not show any un-necessary extras that best be kept covered up. Many seem to think you should go to an interview wearing a black skirt/white shirt and heels. Boring! .. At the end of the day, I am employing someone for their unique skills and fantastic attitude, but first impressions go a long way.