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Dressing for Success: How to dress for a Job Interview in India

Your first impression on an interviewer is based on how you look and what you are wearing. Your clothes alone may not get you a job but they sure are a big part of making a first impression.
cracking aptitude That's why, dressing professionally for a job interview is important to improve your chances. There are many people who will say that they assess knowledge, skills and aptitude, not clothes but, let's face it, we all judge each other by our external appearances.

So before an interview, carefully consider what you should wear to impress your interviewer. Appropriate dressing marks you out as a person who takes the interview process and the job seriously. Even if you have heard that the organization dresses casually on the job, for the interview you should dress up, unless
you are specifically told otherwise by the employer.If you are not sure about what to wear, do some research or ask the person setting you up for the interview,

Please note that these tips may not apply, if you are looking for a job in a creative field like a fashion designer, animation wizard or copyrighter. But you will still like to dress smartly, though creatively, for these jobs.

Generic tips for Interview

  • Don't wear anything too distracting.
  • Don't dress too casually or wear flashy clothes.
  • Be neat and clean. Wearing ill-fitting or wrinkled clothes or dirty shoes shows that you don't pay attention to detail.
  • Cover Tattoos, if any, during the interview, irrespective of how proud you are of them.
  • Get your clothes and shoes ready the night before
  • Check yourself in the elevator or rest room, before entering the building
  • Take a mint or chewing gum before reachingthe interview site, but make sure that you throw away the gum before entering the premises.

Dress tips for a Men's Interview

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  • Long sleeve shirt (preferably white or non-distracting color) (Collarless or printed T-shorts are strictly avoidable)
    • A coordinate well-fitted collar T-short is acceptable in some roles including startups
  • Formal Leather Belt
  • Suit (solid dark colors) - many organizations, especially technology companies and startups, may not requiresuits for most roles
  • Tie (If you must wear a tie, make sure it's elegant and expensive; nothing looks worse than a cheap polyester tie)
  • Polished leather shoes
    • no slippers, sandals or sports shoes, unless you are joining an NGO or a sports club
  • No Traditional Indian men's dress (Kurtas, dhotis etc) , unless the job really really demands it.
  • Smart leather folder or briefcase to keep your documents
  • Nice but mild Deodorant and perfume on the interview day

Dress tips for a Women's Interview

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  • Coordinated Indian dress is acceptable for women - Smart SareesandKurtas are perfectly fine.
  • Conservative and elegantly cut western suit ( if the job requires so and you can carry them off easily)
  • The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
  • Conservative shoes
  • Limited but elegant jewelry (no cheap trinkets but no mother's heavy wedding necklace or rings in all fingers)
  • Professional hairstyle
  • Light make-up and perfume
  • Smart leather folder or briefcase to keep your documents

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