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  • REFERENCEGUIDEFORMENSINTERVIEWDRESSETIQUETTE

    CreekSystems25Enterprise

    Aliso Viejo,CA926561.888.400.2486

  • I. Introduction. 3

    II. Rule 1: Research Ahead 4

    III. Rule 2: Err Towards Formality 5

    IV. The Look: Business versus Smart Casual 6i. Jackets and Pants 7ii. Shirts and Ties 8iii. Shoes, Socks and Belts 9iv. Accessories 10

    V. Choosing The Right Suit 11i. Fabric 12ii. Style 13iii. Fitting 14

    VI. Final Notes: Attention to Details 16

  • Introduction

    Theysayyoursmileisthefirstthingtheinterviewersees.Yourclothesareprobablyaclosesecond.

    Fromthemomentyoumeetyourinterviewer,yourappearanceandbodylanguagearesendingcuesaboutthekindofworkeryouwillbe.Areyouprofessional?Doyouhavegoodcommunicationsskills?Willyoufitinwellwiththecultureoftheworkplace?

    Theinterviewerhaslimitedtimetomakethesedifficultevaluationsandmustrelyontheinformationavailable.Ifyourclothesarewrinkledoryouaredressedtoocasually,itmayseemthatyoudonottakethepositionseriously.

    Thoughtheseimpressionsmaybefarfromaccurate,youwillbefightinganuphillbattletoproveotherwise.Firstimpressionsinfluencethewaytheinterviewerperceivesallsubsequentinformationaboutaperson.

    Thisguidebookwillhelpyoumakethebestimpressionpossible

  • Rule1:ResearchAheadChoosingtherightinterviewattireisnotalchemy.

    Itsamatterofknowingthecorporatecultureandthepositionsdemands.

    CheckoutthewebsiteManycorporatewebsiteswillshowimagesofemployeesintheirworkroutines.Usethisasaclue.Also,reviewthecareersectionforcommentsoninterviewetiquette.

    GotothesourceVisitaheadoftimetoobservetheworkersincontext.Ifdressiscasual,besurethatitsnotadressdowndaysuchasCasualFriday.IfyouhaveanydoubtcallHRtoaskwhatisexpected.Manycompaniesexpectprofessionalattireforinterviewseventhoughtheofficedress codeisquitecasual.

    ConsiderthetypeofpositionyouareapplyingforCreativepositionssuchasadvertisinganddesignmayallowforamoreliberallook.Positionsinvolvinghighlevelconsultations,ormeetingswithimportantclientsmayrequireaclassicalprofessionallook.Ifyouareunsureofwhatstandardstoapply,askabusinessdressexpert:

  • Rule2:ErrTowardsFormalityItishardertoovercomebeingunderdressedthanbeingoverdressed

    Dresslikeaprofessionalandyouwillfeellikeaprofessional

    Ifyoufeeloverdressed DontPanic:Youresendingastrongmessageabouttakingthepositionseriously, Politelytelltheinterviewerthatthecasualdresscodegivestheofficeawarmandfamiliar

    atmospherethatyouwouldliketobeapartof Ifyoucan,discretelyremoveyourjacketanddrapeitoveryour chair

    IfYoufeelunderdressed Maintainaprofessionaldemeanor,tocompensateforinformalattire Maintainanerectposture Speakformally(avoidingcolloquialismsandwordssuchaslike and(youknow). Mentionthatyouweremisinformedaboutthedresscodeandyoulookforwardtodressing

    moreprofessionally

  • BusinessFormalvs.BusinessCasual

    BusinessFormalBusinessattire isafullsuitwithmatchingpants,adressshirtandtie.It differs from the type of outfit you might wear to a wedding oreveningevent. It isconservative,designedtobesharpbutnot flashy,and elegant but not overly formal. The idea is to showcase theindividual,nottheclothes.

    BusinessCasualSmartcasual isamorerelaxed,yetprofessionallook.Pressedpants,acollaredshirt,andclean,matchingaccessories.Asportcoatwilladdatouchofclasstoacasuallook.Avoidjeans,sneakersandTshirts.Youshouldneverdresscompletelycasualtoaninterview.

  • TheLook:JacketsandPantsBusinessAttireVSSmartCasual

    MidtoDarkcoloredsuit SolidNavyorGreyarebest,youcanconsiderasubtle

    stripe.

    Moreprominentstripesareappropriateonlyforhigherlevelexecutivepositions

    Blacksuitsaremoreformalandaustere. Ifyoudowearblack,softenthelookwithablueshirt.Pants:Mustmatchjacket Pleatedpantshaveamoreclassicallook Flatfrontpantshaveaslimming,modernlook,butmay

    lookawkwardonlargermen. SuitpantsandjacketMUSTbetailoredfromidentical

    fabric.

    Khakisorslacks Alwayswithacrispcrease Cotton,woolormicrofiber Darkercolorsaredressier Lightercolorsaremorecasual AvoidjeansorcargopantsSportcoatorblazer: Makesacasuallookabitmoreformal Canberemovedforamorecasuallook Chooseajacketinasolidshadeorasubtledesign(no

    bold,brightpatternsorcolors)

  • BusinessCasual

    Dressshirt: Shadesoflighttomidbluearemosteffective.Ifyouchoose

    anothercolor,pastelsaresafest. Subtlepatternsarefine Whiteshirtscreateamoreformallook

    SilkTie:Keepitsubtle Shouldcoordinatewithsuitandshirt Patternsinyourshirt,tieandsuitwillfighteachother

    unlesstheyaredifferentdesignsandsize

    CasualShirts:Longsleevedaremorebusinessoriented Buttondownisaneaterlook Cottonorcottonblend Solidpastelsorsmallsubtlepatternssubduedpatterns Crisp,cleanandpressed AvoidTShirtsandblackSweaters:Sweateraloneorunderasportcoatisagreatlook NeverasweatshirtTie: Addsatouchofelegance

  • TheLook:Shoes,Socks,BeltsBusinessAttireVSSmartCasual

    Shoes Clean,polishedandblack Burgundyorbrownarefashionable,butalittleriskyfor

    aninterview Sticktoblackunlessyourmatchingskillsareexcellent.Belt: Shouldmatchshoecolor AvoidoverlylargeorflashybeltsSocks: Coordinatewithsuit Sameshadeorashadedarker Solidorwithasubtledesign Neverwearathleticsocks.

    Shoes Clean,polishedleather AvoidsneakersandbootsBelt: Coordinatewithshoes AvoidoverlylargeorflashybeltsSocks: Nobrightpastelcolors Usemutedtones Dontberememberedforyoursocks!

  • TheLook:Accessories

    Completetheprofessionallook Bringaconservativebriefcaseorleatherbinder

    Shouldputeverythingyouneedateasyaccess:Referenceletters,resumecopies,notepad Highqualitypen:Simple,nice,notoverlyornate

    Completetheprofessionallook Bringaconservativebriefcaseorleatherbinder

    Shouldputeverythingyouneedateasyaccess:Referenceletters,resumecopies,notepad Highqualitypen:Simple,nice,notoverlyornate

    Accessoriesshouldcomplementyourprofessionallook,butnotdistracttheinterviewer.

  • ChoosingTheRightSuitThesuitistheanchorofaprofessionalmanswardrobe.

    Agreat interviewsuit iscrispand tasteful,never flashyanddoes not make its own statement but showcases theindividualwearing it.Asuit ismemorabletothe interviewerwhenitisinappropriate;wrinkled,dirty,overlyflashy,poorlyfittedandcoordinated,etc.Aprofessionallookwillhelpyougiveagreat first impression thatyour skillsandpersonalitycanbuildon.

  • ChoosingTheRightSuit:Fabric

    WoolAqualitywoolisthemostappropriatefabricforyourinterview.Woolisresilient,creaseresistant,drapeswellandisrelativelylongwearing.Woolbreathes,iscomfortableinawiderrangeoftemperaturesandhasanelegancethatcannotbeduplicated.

    OtherFabricsFabricssuchassilks,linen,rayonhavetheirplaceinalessformalenvironmentwhereonewishestomakeafashionstatement.

    Polyesteronitsownorblendedwithwoolcanbepresentablebut mayfeellikeyouarewearingaplasticbag.Itisalsolikelytopill.

    Aqualitymicrofiber,afinefiberwovenfrompolyesterorapolyesterblend,canbewoventobreathereasonablywellbutdoesnothave theeleganceofwool.

  • ChoosingTheRightSuit:Style

    Color/Pattern Forentryormidlevelpositions,darkgreyandnavysuitsarebest. Blackismoreformalandaustere. Solidcoloredsuitsarebest.Subtlestripesarefine.Avoidflashypatterns. Strongstripesconveyauthorityandareappropriateforhigherlevelpositions.

    Singlevs.DoubleBreastedChoosea2or3buttonsinglebreastedsuit.Doublebreastedsuitswilllooksloppywornopen,andarenotconsideredmainstreaminthecorporateclimate.

    Buttons 3buttonsuitswilllookbestonataller,slimmerman. 2Buttonsuitswillhaveaslimmingeffectonashorter,stockierman.

    SingleBreastedSuit

    DoubleBreastedSuit

  • ChoosingTheRightSuit:Fitting

    Jacket:

    JacketLength Shouldjustcovercrotchandseatofpants.Canhang12 longerCollar Shouldfitsnugglyagainstbackofneck.Allow ofshirtcollartoshow BackofjacketshouldlieflatagainstbackbelowthecollarBodyofJacket Shouldnotbeoverlytight.Allowforsomeplaywhenjacketisbuttoned Aslightbreakonthebackbesidethearmholeisfine,allowingformovementSleeveLength Sleeveshouldcometothebaseofthepalmwhenarmsareatyour sides Shirtcuffsshouldshow

    Note:Itisverycommonforarmstobedifferentlengths.Sleevesshouldbetailoredtofiteacharm.

    SingleBreasted3ButtonSingleBreasted2Button

  • ChoosingTheRightSuit:Fitting

    SuitPants: Pantshouldsitcomfortablyonthewaist,justabovethehips. Pleatsshouldnotopen.Ifpantsareflatfront,watchthatpocketsdonotgape.

    Thesearebothindicationsthatthepantistightontheseat. Pantlengthshouldreachtheheelinbackorupto shorter.

    Allowforasmallbreakinthefront. Pleatedpantscanbewornwithorwithoutcuffs. Flatfrontpantsshouldbefinishedwithplainbottoms.

  • FinalNotes

    Attentiontodetailiscritical:

    1)Cleanandpolisheddressshoes.2)Suit,shirtandtiecleanandpressed.3)Wellgroomedhairstyle.4)Cleanedandtrimmedfingernails.5)Avoidcologneorperfume(somepeopleareallergic).6)Avoidflashyjewelryandwatches.Keepitsimple.7)Wellbrushedteethandfreshbreath.8)Checkyourattireintherestroomjustbeforeyourinterview.9)Finally,makesureyourtieisstraight,yourhairiscombedandyouare

    readyforthemoment.

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