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Pointers to power dressing

AN INTERVIEW? An emergency! One look into the mirror and the D-day seems to hang like the proverbial Damocles sword over your head!

The friendly, happy, gregarious person that you usually are seems to have done the disappearing act and instead, your dowdy, unkempt, frizzy-haired, pimply alter-ego stares back at you. Or so it seems.

Relax! It is only an interview that you have to face- not a death warrant! Any interview can be a cakewalk if you start out the right way with confidence, conviction and yes, a lot of care.

After all, well begun is half-done.

Do remember that your appearance is what is going to create a first and probably lasting impression on the interviewer.

So, dress effectively to present an efficient picture.

Here are a few pointers for making that lasting impression.

Dress

Good clothes boost your confidence and make you feel good too.

You don't need Rohit Bal in your wardrobe, but do invest in good, conventional formal wear in simple, straight lines, preferably in neutral and sober colours like blue, brown, black or beige.

White is also a good bet, though it tends to get dirty quickly.

Get them tailored to perfection, if you can.

Wrinkle-free material does relieve you from constantly worrying about crumples and creases.

Footwear

Shoes maketh a gentleman. One or two pairs of good, well-styled shoes are a must in your wardrobe.

Beware of bargain stores, because if you really like the style, they generally don't have it your size.

If you like it and it is your size, most likely it does not have a proper fit.

If you like it and it fits, then the price is invariably sky high.

If you like it, it fits you and you can afford it- trust me, its bound to fall apart the first time you wear it!

Take the safe way out. Invest in branded footwear and do polish your shoes to perfection.

Even a costly pair of shoes can look like poor seconds if they're unpolished.

Ladies should avoid stilettos or very high heels especially if they happen to be travelling by crowded buses or trains.

Accessories

Make accessories a part of your fashion statement.

Be it a purse, a wallet or a portfolio - try to co-ordinate it with the outfit that you are wearing.

A neat folder for carrying your certificates and other important documents is as much a necessity as good clothes.

Take your pick from the wide variety of leather, rexine and ethnic style folders and portfolios depending on your taste and budget.

Hair, makeup and perfume

A neat chignon or a French plait will keep your hair tidy. (Especially if you are a lady!) Loose hair is a firm no-no for interviews. Don't forget to dab on your favourite deodorant and perfume for that fresh- as- a- daisy look.

Keep makeup light and minimal. Avoid too many dark shades as they can be quite overpowering.

Remember your smile adds much more to your face than all the lipstick in the world. Neatly manicured nails are just as important. Dirty or chewed nails are dead giveaways of your personal dowdiness.

Gentlemen must try and take it easy with the deodorant and aftershave.

If beards are in evidence, make sure they are trimmed and neat.

Chewed moustaches are not recommended and hair that is stylishly unkempt will never do!

Both ladies and gentlemen are advised to have no visible tattoos!

There you are! Ready to take on any curmudgeon of an interviewer!

But before that don't forget to practice that thousand-watt smile in front of the mirror--- who knows, it may just clinch the job for you, your dress, shoes and makeup not withstanding!

BINDHU SHRIDHAR

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