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.

Three presentation styles that should be avoided in the workplace at all costs:

  • Too sexy: see-through lace, miniskirts, bra straps showing, sheer sundresses, strappy stiletto, hooker heels (or any shoes you can’t work normally in, God help you if anyone asks you to run an errand!).
  • Too casual: jeans, shorts, T-shirts, hats, sneakers (unless your workplace promotes this or has casual Fridays).
  • Too sloppy: wrinkled clothing, too many layers, baggy-fit clothing.

What should I wear on casual Friday?

Although the term does state ‘casual’ it usually tend to mean business casual. So keep your thongs, short cut off denim shorts and gaping tops at home. Friday’s bring about a feeling of positivity and fun because it’s the end of a working week, but remember not to take it too far. For your first casual Friday we’d recommend jeans (sleek and without rips, tears or intense patterns) or a nice skirt (i.e. at least knee length), with heals and a nice top. Jazz it up with a nice necklace or a coloured blazor. You can then assess from there. If everyone else was wearing ballet flats you may wish to follow suit next Friday, but don’t fall into the trap of wearing short skirts, shoe string straps, or other revealing clothing.

Be remembered for always being the polished one. Trust me when I say the right people do notice! Plus, when you’re MD of the company in years to come do you really want that photo dragged out of you in a leopard print mini, bra strap showing, handing out mini sausage roles at Friday night drinks?! Of course not.