Lekcja 3: Jak się ubrać na rozmowę kwalifikacyjną

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17.03.2014 , aktualizacja: 17.03.2014 14:23
Badania pokazują, że 85% komunikacji międzyludzkiej ma charakter niewerbalny, więc decyzja o tym, w co ubrać się na rozmowę kwalifikacyjną bynajmniej nie jest oczywista. Oczywiście, niezależnie od tego, co na siebie włożymy, nie ukryjemy ewentualnych braków, jeśli chodzi o naszą wiedzę czy umiejętności, niemniej da nam to możliwość wysłania pozytywnego przekazu na temat naszej osobowości oraz profesjonalizmu.
Studies show that 85 % of interpersonal communication is non-verbal, so the decision about what to wear to an interview is not a trivial one. Obviously, whatever you wear will not conceal a lack of knowledge and skills, but it will let you communicate some positive things about your personality and your professionalism.

Since the job market is more and more competitive, you should take every opportunity to stand out and make a positive impression when you first meet your potential employer or his/her representative. The interview, therefore, is a time for you to try to make the best impression possible, and this attempt may be conditional for you getting the job or not.

Therefore, you should not only be professionally prepared, but also dress appropriately for this important situation. Certainly, each season requires additional rules regarding the dress code. In summer, for example, you can sport a more casual outfit, but you still have to follow the dress code. No sandals or flip-flops! In general, even if you choose not to wear a suit, you have to look neat and elegant. It's also a good idea to keep it comfortable, which will allow you to feel comfortable as well.

A woman must remember to always put tights as well as shoes that fully cover her feet. The shoes themselves must be elegant and tailored to the situation. It is also extremely important for women to make a thoughtful choice in terms of their makeup and accessories. The interview is not a fashion show, so if your clothes are gaudy or flashy, the interviewer may think that you are just making a poor attempt at deflecting his or her attention from your poor skills or insufficient competence. Keep it low key: classic jewelry, including small earrings, say pearls, or a discreet neck chain, is always a safe choice. Likewise, keep your makeup unobtrusive - face powder is acceptable (and so is a concealer, especially if you are afflicted with a nasty zit!), but stay away from heavy mascara or glossy lipstick. Hopefully, you will have a chance to wear them later - at the party celebrating your new job.

Men, by contrast, should remember not to wear sports or outdoor shoes nor to unbutton their shirt or loosen the tie. This could immediately disqualify the candidate, especially if applying for a managerial position or one involving direct contact with customers.

If you ask yourself what colour you should wear, you may find helpful the short overview below:

- Blue shows you as a person who has everything under control. Recruiters say that they tend to associate it with calmness, stability, trust, truth, confidence and security.

- Gray, also a very popular color choice for candidates to interview, and likewise it will not distract the recruiters, which will let them focus more on what and how you say.

- Black is similarly associated with power and authority. But you must be careful with this colour, as it also connotes drama and mourning, so don't wear black up from head to toe.

- Red is a powerful color, so for formal interviews only use it as an accessory. It is associated with energy, passion, desire, strength and aggressiveness, so don't overuse it - otherwise you risk sending a contradictory, or even a negative message about yourself.

- White is always a safe choice, being associated with simplicity, purity, precision and goodness. It seems that they only downside it has is that it's so hard to keep it really white for a long time, especially if you drink many coffees or sweat exceedingly due to the stress resulting from the interview.

Finally, bear in mind that clothes or accessories are not crucial - or at least should not be - for your potential employer. It's your education, work experience, skills and qualifications that will make you stand out among other candidates. If appearance and apparel show that you have respect both for the interviewer and for yourself, you have nothing to worry about - as long as they don't catch you with your pants down, that is!

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