Whether you like it or not, when you are gunning for science
jobs in almost any field of expertise you could care to mention - ranging from
the environment or telecommunications to R&D or regulatory affairs - you
can expect to be judged by your appearance at interview.
Indeed, according to one survey of male and female
executives, 37% of them
had decided against employing a candidate because of how they were dressed. The right interview code,
then, really is an important issue, for which we can provide the following
Don't be afraid to be
Given that you will want the interviewer to associate you
with a high level of competence and suitability for their vacancy rather than
that garish tie you were wearing, sometimes, it really
does pay to play it safe.
So if you are a male candidate, you may opt for a classic
combo of a low-key tie, tailored single-breasted suit, white long sleeved
shirt, black socks and black leather shoes. Meanwhile, if you are a woman, the
likes of tights, high heels, a long sleeved shirt or blouse and a mid-length
black skirt or dress can all help to make a great impression.
Being reassuringly dull, of course, also means specifically
avoiding many of the interview dress gaffes that immediately lower employers'
perceptions of a candidate, such as jeans and T-shirts in the case of male
candidates, and dangling jewellery or low necklines as far as women are
Echo the style of
your prospective employer
For certain roles or departments, however, you may fear being a little too dull in how you dress - at least if you want to convey a more
dynamic, high-energy image. If in doubt, simply ask the employer or recruiter in
advance for advice on the appropriate dress code for the interview, looking for
clues of the
employer's in-house style.
Emulating the dress that will be expected in the organisation with which you are seeking to work
has the important effect of communicating that you are a 'safe pair of hands'
and 'one of them' as soon as the interviewer sees you for the first time.
cleanliness and hygiene
When you are getting your outfit ready, you should also
ensure that is clean and free of all of those small blemishes - such as
deodorant marks, dog hairs, straining zips or fraying hems - that employers really notice, if not usually comment on, at
Decent grooming and hygiene are also imperative - the great
impression made by a brilliant interview outfit can be easily undone by the likes of dirty fingernails, an unkempt
beard or bad breath. You should pay close attention to your hair, too, making
sure it looks neat but modern, and
colouring it fresh for the interview if you usually dye it.
All accessories, like briefcases and handbags, should also
look smart and be in good condition.
It's well-documented that dressing
smartly doesn't just help to give employers a more favourable view of your
capabilities - it could also elevate your actual performance. That is just
one more reason to make sure you refresh your interview wardrobe while
searching for the best-paid and most exciting roles with the assistance of a science recruitment
agency like Hyper Recruitment Solutions.