Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 10th 2017 Contents The matter concerning what job seek-
ers should wear on an interview for a pro-
fessional/office job still causes a great
deal of stress and anxiety.
In an environment where casual Friday has
turned into casual Monday-Friday in many
offices, cultural and social diversity are hot
topics, and age discrimination is a rising
concern. All contribute to the confusion on
"appropriate" attire for a job interview.
The interview is where and when you want
to make the best impression and putting your
best foot forward is in every job seeker's best
Women, whether you opt for the business
pants suit or skirt and blazer option depends
upon your own personal preferences and
JOB INTERVIEW ATTIRE:
First and foremost, a business suit is always
appropriate for both men and women no mat-
ter what the everyday office attire may be.
• Formal business suit
Make sure the suit fits and has a clean, crisp,
classic look. Try on your suit well in advance
of scheduling any interviews and take time
to have it cleaned and pressed. If necessary,
go purchase a new suit. If you're on a budget,
borrow one from a friend or buy a nice suit
from an upscale thrift store or consignment
shop. For men, a conservative matching tie is
best. For women, choose a solid colour that is
appropriate for the season and makes you feel
confident. Adding jewelry and accessories can
add splashes of color and style if you choose
to wear a dark suit.
• Less formal environment
If you truly feel that a business suit is over-
doing it, a good rule of thumb is to dress 1-2
steps above the regular dress. For ladies, this
will mean dress pants or a skirt, a nice blouse,
perhaps a matching blazer, dress shoes, and
a modest amount of jewelry and accessories.
For men, this will mean dress pants, dress
shoes, a nicely pressed button down shirt,
a matching conservative tie, and maybe a
TATTOOS AND BODY
Another concern I often hear job seekers
express is regarding tattoos or body piercings.
Culturally, ink is becoming more and more
acceptable in social settings, and sure, even
highly decorated military officers are likely
sporting a tattoo of some sort somewhere on
their person. I understand and support the
idea of individual expression.
But in most professional business settings,
it's best to cover up the tattoos and remove
body piercings while at work.
• Pre-interview research
Look online, check with friends who work
at the company, or research to see if you can
find a company policy on visible tattoos or
body piercings. Be aware that depending upon
the company culture, this kind of personal
expressionism may be against company policy
or could be construed as unprofessional by
the person interviewing you.
• After the job offer
What if I get the job offer? Is it then okay
to reveal the ink at work or even a company
social event? Again, check company policy.
If there's no company policy, discreetly ask a
trusted colleague, HR representative, or your
boss about his/her feelings on the matter. In
my opinion, depending upon company cul-
ture, err on the conservative side.
FACE AND HAIR:
Several issues around age discrimination
arise when it comes to interviews and some of
the most common concerns among both men
and women are gray hair, hairstyles, glasses,
and wrinkles. Men, in particular often wonder
about facial hair and male pattern baldness.
• Hair style
The common trend is that a little grey
makes you look distinguished, but men and
women often wonder if they have too much
grey hair. If it makes you feel more confident
to color the gray and die your hair, go for it,
but make sure a professional does the work.
Compare a few photos of yourself over the last
5-10 years. If your hairstyle hasn't changed,
perhaps it's time to talk to your barber or hair-
dresser about a more modern cut.
When was the last time you bought new
frames? Trends change every couple of years
and it doesn't cost anything to visit an optical
shop, browse the frames, and determine if
it's time for an update. If you're on a budget,
look for special offers, coupons, or go to a
discount optical shop.
• Facial hair
For men, most employers admit, that they
prefer clean-shaven. Some companies may
even have a clean-shaven policy, so do your
homework and check on policies. If you do
insist on facial hair, keep the beard and mus-
tache short and trimmed. Bear in mind that
gray facial hair could make you look older,
possibly leading to age discrimination.
You can't help your mother's genetics and
according to the American Hair Loss Asso-
ciation, by the age of fifty, approximately
85% of men have significantly thinning hair.
The best advice is to avoid the comb-over,
embrace your genetics, or just shave your
head. Thinning hair can also be a concern
for women, and if you fall into this category,
your hairdresser may be able to offer some
styling tips or create a customized hairpiece
that will blend in with your natural hair. There
are some FDA approved treatment options
for both men and women, so speaking with
your physician may be helpful.
Dressing for Office Job Interview Success
Links Archive January 9th 2017 January 11th 2017 Navigation Previous Page Next Page