Dress To Impress | Walter Yeo
I previously wrote an article about the psychology behind how we dressed and the correlation to how we think and subsequently, what people thought of us. It then dawned on me that many interviewees who might come to agree with me, might not know then what constituted ‘appropriateness’ – a term I used several times in the same article entitled You Are What You Wear.
Therefore, the point of this article is not to provide a hard and fast rule as to what constitutes appropriateness when it comes to interviewers but to provide readers with a guide as to how to think and consider what that degree of appropriateness should be, before each interview.
#1 What Is Your Purpose
Purpose is an important part of everything we do. Human beings must have a purpose otherwise we find ourselves questioning the meaning of life and the same goes for your interviews. You must ask yourself what is your purpose? Do you simply want to meet the base criteria, or do you want to exceed expectations and impress? This will shape the level of appropriateness, not to mention attention which you put into dressing up. That said, impressing your interviewers does not mean overdoing it but rather making small and potentially nuanced adjustments to the expected style of fashion. For example, a formal interview may require interviewees to be dressed in western business attire. A potential way of differentiating yourself from the crowd could be by simply adding a pocket square or the type of tie you choose to wear. or for ladies, there is a stark difference from casual to formal.
#2 Consider Your Audience
This is probably the most important piece of advice we can give you, always consider your audience! Depending on the type of interview, different types or styles of clothing should be chosen. For instance, how an interviewee dresses for an interview with the Faculty of Medicine will be different from someone applying for a creative arts position with a fashion magazine. You want to consider your audiences and tailor your outfit to suit that appropriate level of expectation.
#3 Keep Up with the Trends
Fashion is fickle. It is constantly changing and sometimes some outfits may be more in-style than others. This is a less than immediate consideration but is nevertheless one that cannot hurt. It behooves most interviewees to do a casual albeit regular scan of what are the existing fashion trends circulating the media and if appropriate, incorporating that look or style into your wardrobe. This may at times differentiate you from the other interviewees and potentially impress your interviewer.