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Sartorial crisis averted...I hope.

A few years ago, I bought a dark grey two-piece in the sales thinking it might come in handy if ever I were to apply for another job. I took it out this afternoon, tried it on and decided that the skirt was a little bit on the short and tight side. It might do for the second interview, but not for the first. I am, after all, applying for a job at the Home Office, so a certain measure of decorum is called for.

How lovely to live in a secular age! When I was a child, the Sunday was a day of rest, and none of the shops were open. Now, of course, it's a very different matter. Things started to change about a decade ago with Sunday opening once a month; but for the past few years it's been possible to go into town and buy stuff every Sunday (with the exception of Easter and Christmas).

And so I wasted no time in getting myself kitted out properly for my upcoming interview -- or as properly as I could make it in the few hours of Sunday opening that remained. Luckily, it didn't take me more than 10 minutes to find what I was looking for (sort of): a light-weight linen two-piece consisting of a jacket subtly decorated along the lapels and cuffs and a plain well-cut skirt that ends a two-finger breadth above the knee...and because I couldn't quite decide whether to go for the skirt or the matching trousers, I bought both. The only thing I'm not 100% sure about, is that the whole suit is black -- and most articles I've read about 'How To Dress For A Job Interview' strongly advise against the wearing of black. However, having already been to the site once before and having taken careful note of how the women already employed there dress, I think I can get away with it this time. Especially since I plan to combine it with a soft pink knitted polo...or maybe the green V-neck...green coming highly recommended as a non-intimidating colour for the purpose...Bought a new black leather purse, too, big enough to hold those diplomas they want me to bring (still haven't found them, though)...All I need to decide on now is: trouser suit, or play it safest and go with the skirt and jacket?

Anyway, that's my clothes sorted out -- now, I'll just have to worry about how best to convince them to hire me.

Comments

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bogwitch
Jul. 24th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
>>>most articles I've read about 'How To Dress For A Job Interview' strongly advise against the wearing of black.

Do they? Oh. Oh dear.
gamiila
Jul. 24th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
Do they?

Yes, they do. It's total bollocks, of course, but still...According to some psychological studies, the applicant wearing black sets themselves at a disadvantage because subconsciously, it's perceived as an intimidating colour, and the interviewer might decide they don't like the interviewee so attired.

Green, on the other hand, scores highly because most people perceive it to be a pleasant, non-threatening hue.
bogwitch
Jul. 24th, 2005 06:30 pm (UTC)
I don't think anyone will see me in green any day soon.
gamiila
Jul. 24th, 2005 07:35 pm (UTC)
No, I don't think they will...;-)
hesadevil
Jul. 24th, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)
I thought black, especially a suit, indicated serious intent on the part of the interviewee. I always wore mine when I wanted to impress people of my don't mess with me qualities. You could always soften it with a scarf that picks out the green shirt.

One word of advice - wear the suit between now and Wednesday to break it in, otherwise you may feel uncomfortable in it.

Best of luck with the mental preparations.
gamiila
Jul. 24th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
Break it in? Not a bad idea, that...But it's linen. It creases. Thank God I've got the interview at 9 in the morning!
freakspawn
Jul. 24th, 2005 07:31 pm (UTC)
I've always worn black to interviews:)

best of luck anyway!
gamiila
Jul. 24th, 2005 07:36 pm (UTC)
See? Psychologists, what do they know?

best of luck anyway!

Thanks!
freakspawn
Jul. 24th, 2005 07:41 pm (UTC)
maybe it's a historical thing :)
gamiila
Jul. 24th, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
Maybe -- but I'm going to ignore it regardless! It's not as if I haven't got more important things to worry about: what do I know of the organisation, what makes me think I'd be perfect for it, etc. Eek!
freakspawn
Jul. 24th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
yeah best bet! Try not to worry too much!
enigmaticblues
Jul. 24th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
I've been told a skirt is better for interviews, but I would say go in what you're most comfortable in, since you want to present yourself well.
gamiila
Jul. 25th, 2005 06:09 am (UTC)
I think I'll go with the skirt. I wore a trouser suit to the presentation 2 weeks ago, so best to let them see I've got more strings to my bow, sartorially speaking! ;-)
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