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  • 1. Careers Education & Placement Centre
    • Dressing for Interview
    • Date : 31 March, 2000 (Friday)
    • Time : 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
    • Venue : T7, Meng Wah Complex
  • 2.
    • Ms Louisa Li
    • Director
    • E-mail : louisali@hkusua.hku.hk
    • Web : http://www.hku.hk/cepc
    Careers Education & Placement Centre
  • 3. Slides from this presentation
    • lecture notes are available at the CEPC Enquiry Desk for photocopying
    • lecture notes are available at the CEPC homepage:<http://www.hku.hk/cepc>
      • Students 
      • Services for students 
      • Careers Education Courses 
      • Lecture Notes 
  • 4. To project a CONFIDENT image
    • well-groomed
    • professionally dressed
    • behave appropriately
  • 5. Dress For work
    • wear what the organization expects of you
    • be part of the team
    • dark suit for men
    • fairly conservative for women
    • project the best possible you
    • retain personal style
    • within the boundaries of business conventions
    • physical comfort as well as style
  • 6. General
    • no causal wear, wear business suit
    • clothing must be clean and properly pressed
    • no stain marks on collar and cuffs
    • shirts should be properly tucked in
    • shoes must be polished
  • 7. Grooming
    • hair
    • - is your hair clean and free of dandruff?
    • face
    • - is you face free of oil?
    • nails
    • - are your nails clean?
    • personal hygiene
    • - do you have body odour or bad breath?
  • 8.
    • photos
  • 9. AIA cont’d
  • 10. Cheung Kong Holdings Ltd cont’d
  • 11. Hang Seng Bank cont’d
  • 12. KPMG cont’d
  • 13. KPMG cont’d
  • 14. KPMG cont’d
  • 15. KPMG cont’d
  • 16. KPMG cont’d
  • 17. MDC cont’d
  • 18. Standard Chartered Bank cont’d
  • 19. Standard Chartered Bank cont’d
  • 20. Samples from shops cont’d
  • 21. Samples from catalogues
  • 22. DRESSING FOR INTERVIEWS - WOMEN
    • suit - navy, grey, plum, beige, taupe, dark green, claret and cooca are examples of good colour
    • matching blouses -
    • e.g. white, off-white, shell pink
    • simple style leather shoes, solid colour
    • e.g. black, brown
    • thin skin-coloured stockings
    • matching leather handbag, not too big
    • elegant watch
    • wear simple make-up
    • do not use perfume
  • 23. DRESSING FOR INTERVIEWS - MEN
    • dark business suit - charcoal and navy are the best colour
    • white long-sleeved shirt
    • classic patterned, solid coloured tie, avoid tie with bright colour or large pattern
    • tie should reach belt buckle and very close to collar when tied
    • black leather shoes
    • black, dark grey or navy socks
    • black leather belt, no suspenders
  • 24. BODY LANGUAGE
    • Eye Contact
    • - direct eye contact
    • - confident but friendly
    • Voice
    • - sound enthusiastic, neither too soft nor too loud
    • Gestures
    • - avoid nervous gesture e.g. fidgeting hands or jigging feet
    • Postures
    • - sit, stand and walk up-right
  • 25. Attitude Survey - Dressing for Interview
    • Questions
    • Is it adequate just being neat?
    • Expect them to look professional?
    • Expect them to be smart and sophisticated?
    • Consequences if physical appearance does not meet the organisation’s expectation?
    • Will the negative consequence, if any, be over-compensated for by exceptional performance at work?
  • 26.
    • Reply 1
    • • reflects sincerity and courtesy
    • • expect candidate to the neat and tidy
    • • for administrative jobs
    • - dresses instead of trousers
    • - suits that are simple and comfortable
    • - this can help them to feel more at ease and confident in the interview
    • • physical appearance, not an important criteria, but an advantage
    Attitude Survey - Dressing for Interview …cont’d cont’d
  • 27.
    • Reply 1 … cont’d
    • • if it requires a lot of external contact, it may not be compensated for by performance
    • Reply 2
    • • expect them to look like a professional at interviews
    • • for work, they can dress like other colleagues
    Attitude Survey - Dressing for Interview …cont’d cont’d
  • 28.
    • Reply 3
    • • for work, they can dress like other colleagues
    • • neat is minimum
    • • more marks given for professional looks
    • • show candidate’s respect for the chance of an interview / the company
    • • smart / sophisticated is not necessary
    • • each company / industry has its own policy and acceptable dress code, it will not harm to be business like / professional looking
    Attitude Survey - Dressing for Interview …cont’d cont’d
  • 29.
    • Reply 4
    • • dress according to the industry
    • Reply 5
    • • we are expecting a clean, tidy and polite applicant (but not only the superficial appearance)
    • • no need to be too fashionable, perfumed or heavily made up
    • • attitude more important
    • - punctuality
    Attitude Survey - Dressing for Interview …cont’d cont’d
  • 30. Reply 5 … cont’d • attitude more important … cont’d - responsible (bring along certificates, testimonials, reference letters and present them in a tidy manner) - politeness (switch off pager or mobile phone, should not use the phone of the potential employer for casual chat.) - patience (some applicants show poor attitude when kept waiting) - humble (some applicants declined to do tests, e.g. typing test) Attitude Survey - Dressing for Interview …cont’d cont’d
  • 31. Reply 6 • a neat and tidy business look - if appearance does not match our expectation, we will tell them the dress code of our organisation • purposes - present a professional image and help own confidence - the person will be representing the company, so dress code should be in line with industry requirement - show respect for others Attitude Survey - Dressing for Interview …cont’d
  • 32. Useful Reference Materials
    • The Careers Library has a collection of videos and books on the subject, such as:
    • Videos
    • - Looking Sharp : Dressing for Success
    • - Looking Sharp : Grooming for Success
    • - Professional Presence
    • - Projecting the Right Image
    • - Executive Grooming for Female Students
    • Books
    • - The Image Factor
    • - Dressing with Colour
    • - Body Language: How to read others’ thoughts by their gestures
  • 33. Questions & Answers
  • 34.
    • Additional Information
  • 35. Dressing With Color
    • Coordinating Coats and Scarves
    • The Color Circle
    • Silhouettes
    • Collars
    • Necklines
    • Sleeves
    • Glossary
  • 36. The Image Factor
    • 1. What is the ‘Image Factor’?
    • Personal image and organizational culture
    • What is an image?
    • Why is the image factor important?
    • Elements of personal image
    • Extented image
    Cont’d
  • 37. The Image Factor … ( cont’d )
    • 2. Communication
    • First impressions and the power of non-verbal communication
    • The language of clothes
    • Body language and presence
    • Reputation and visibility
    • Self-marketing
    Cont’d
  • 38. The Image Factor ….( cont’d )
    • 3. Projecting a Professional Image
    • Professional impact
    • Image stealers
    • Business grooming strategy
    • Professional dressing
    • Levels of Dress
    Cont’d
  • 39. The Image Factor … ( cont’d )
    • 4. Know Yourself
    • Clothes and personality
    • Colour and personality
    • Design and personality
    Cont’d
  • 40. The Image Factor … ( cont’d )
    • 5. Organization and Planning
    • Aggressive observation
    • Personal architecture
    • Lifestyle
    • Wardrobe management
    • Wardrobe maintenance
    • Budget
    • Building an appropriate business wardrobe
    Cont’d
  • 41. The Image Factor … ( cont’d )
    • 6. Personal Style
    • Individual image
    • Style preference exercise
    • Primary style characteristics
    • Secondary style characteristics
    • Lack of style - whose fault is it?
    Cont’d
  • 42. The Image Factor … ( cont’d )
    • 7. What to Wear for What
    • Dress for the event
    • Preparation and research
    • Event checklist
    • Enhancing the message
    • Why do we wear clothes anyway?
  • 43. Where to get more information
    • Enquiry Desk - Careers Library
    • Videos
      • Projecting the Right Image (CUHK Press - 45 min)