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Dress Code Matters Or Not During Interview?

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Published : Tuesday, 27 December, 2016 11:37 AM

Dress Code Matters Or Not During Interview?

The written entrance exam, meant to test the aptitude of the aspirants for business management, is primarily concerned with the amount of knowledge the aspirant has and his/her ability to recall. The next step, which is the interview, however, is a platform where other important skills, such as inter-personal skills, confidence, personality, communication skills and others are minutely observed.

A. The interview stage provides a last opportunity to the candidate to leave a lasting impression on the panel. Therefore, the candidate cannot afford to take it lightly.Opinions are formed at every stage of the interview and one’s dressing sense is the first thing the panel notices. Any deviation from the expected code can have an adverse bearing on the final selection by the panel.

B. In today’s competitive environment, everyone has to be on their toes to find employment and excel in it, failing which, somebody else will be ready to grab the position. Dressing up smartly, in the expected manner sends a message to the panel that you are serious about the interview and that it means a lot to you. 

C. As the business environment becomes global, soft skills have gained immense significance. Employers will always give preference to candidates who pay attention to the way they dress and carry themselves. This is because modern day businesses require an executive to network with people globally, be it clients, senior management and others. Thus, the way you carry yourself, which includes the kind of clothes you wear, assumes significance. 

D. In most cases, the employer does not mention the dress code, it is a given that the candidate has to be formally dressed. Anything else will reflect a lack of seriousness and a casual attitude on the part of the candidate.You may have covered all expected questions and situations that may arise in the interview, so you wouldn’t want to slip up only because of casual dressing. Dress code does matter in an interview and should be looked into seriously.

E. However, as the world has become global, there is also a sense of informality being adopted by companies, in order to adapt to the changing environment and keep their young workforce comfortable and at ease. As the young generation today works on their own terms and would like their space, to be effective, the need to impose a dress code or judge a candidate on the way he/she dresses is becoming a thing of the past.

F. Also, how one dresses is one’s own prerogative. It is an integral part of one’s personal space, which is non-negotiable. And the way a person dresses can in no way be a criteria for judging the quality of his/her work.

Though there is an unsaid rule followed by candidates to adhere to a particular dress code for an interview to come across as a serious and smart person, the rapidly changing world is more accommodating of individual choices and desires and allows space to the aspirants to be comfortable and, hence, more productive.

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