Sprint’s top tips for looking polished in an interview are:
- Colour plays a big part in professional image. Traditional career colors include red (aggressive), navy (trustworthy), grey (conservative) and black (chic). Most of these colors work well on a day to day basis but don’t be afraid to mix them with softer feminine colors like pastels and even bright warm or seasonal colours. Loud colours like hot pink and wild prints are much riskier in the office, but some creative types can still pull them off.
- Jewelry that jangles (chandelier earrings, stacks of bangles) is distracting. A small pair of signature stud earrings, a single bracelet or one unique piece is enough.
- Slouchy handbags look sloppy. Choose structured styles that project an organised image.
- Most of what constitutes a polished image is in the details: manicured nails, scuff-free shoes, neat and clean hair, daytime makeup.
- Designer labels are great, but heavily logoed clothing and accessories look cluttered and frivolous in the work place. A small designer bag is fine; a head to toe branded outfit might be a bit overdone. Think of some of the best dressed women, they look great but they don’t need to have a brand like ‘Gucci’ or ‘Prada’ stamped right across the front of them. It’s all about the little details, and the quality.