Dress For Success & Win A Suit From Dobell Menswear

As September approaches and we say goodbye to summer, many of us start to reevaluate our lives.  I suppose it’s because we remember the excitement of starting a new school term.  Life has the same feel, doesn’t it?

If you’re looking for a new job or you’re a student about to take your first step on the career ladder, you’ll be busy sharpening your CV and crossing your fingers that you’ll get an interview.

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One of the most important things to remember is that first impressions really do count.  I know from my days interviewing that, very often, I knew how a candidate was going to perform from the moment they stepped through the door.  And how you look is crucial.

To help any guys out there about to embark on the interview circuit, I have an amazing giveaway where you can win a suit from Dobell Menswear, about which, more later.

In the meantime, whatever your gender, here are three tips to dress for success in your next interview.

1.) Dress for the role.

If you’re interviewing for a fashion or a creative position then you can step outside of the traditional suit. And if you’re dressing for a non-managerial role then you may be able to go without the suit coat – a pair of slacks, a button up shirt and a tie are likely acceptable.

However, it’s always a good idea, if you’re undecided to overdress for your interview rather than underdress. A suit will always look better than jeans.

Traditional interview wear includes suit trousers or a skirt in a neutral colour, a button-down blouse or shirt, a tie if you’re a male, and a suit coat.

2.) Conceal your body art.

This is a tricky one. For some, body art like tattoos and piercings are the way they choose to express themselves. Many companies understand this and they may be perfectly acceptable to have them on show once you have the job. However, when you’re interviewing for a job you may be better off keeping these covered.

Remove your piercings and cover your tattoos if possible. It may also be a good idea to review the company policy on body art so if you do get the job, you show up for work dressed appropriately.

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3.) Personal Hygiene.

Always take the time to shower, shave and present yourself to the interviewer at your personal best. Clean nails, brushed teeth and hair and clean clothes are imperative. It’s also important to make sure you don’t have any body odour.

Skip the perfume and cologne as well. Or if you must wear it, use it sparingly. Some people are sensitive to fragrances and too much can make them feel ill. Certainly not what you want them to remember you for.

Less is more when you’re wearing jewellery, makeup or doing your hair too. You want to look, clean, groomed and professional for your job interview. Save the personal expression for other times.

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Looking your best and dressing for success helps you position yourself positively in your interviewer’s mind. Make sure your first impression represents you in the best light.

Win a suit from Dobell Menswear

Now to the giveaway!

Dobell Menswear has kindly provided a man’s suit for a lucky Mother Distracted reader.

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Dobell menswear has created fine men’s suits, tuxedos and wedding suits for over 10 years, and create handsomely fitted suits and formalwear accessories, at great value – up to 50% cheaper than the high street. And at the moment there’s 30% off all suits.

They stock leading suit and shirt brands such as Paul Costelloe, Tommy Hilfiger, Noose & Monkey, Esprit, Lambretta, Paul Gross, and Alexander Dobell.

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They also cater for men who want to look and feel correctly dressed when they’re attending black tie dinners, weddings, balls, business conferences or calendar events such as Glyndebourne and Ascot.

There’s free standard delivery, and free UK returns, a next day delivery service, and international delivery. Their site offers on-site expert advice articles and sizing guides or, if you prefer, you can talk to their dedicated customer service team who are on hand to help from 9 am to 6 pm weekdays.

For a chance to win a suit, just enter via the GLEAM widget below.  Terms and conditions apply (please see my Competitions page).  UK entrants only. No cash alternative.

The prize is one Dobell branded man’s suit in the winner’s preferred colour and size (jacket and trousers) up to a value of £120.

The giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on Friday 24th August 2018.

Dobell Menswear Suit Giveaway

Good luck.

 

 

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MARIA ROGERS
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“You are too over qualified for this job, you will get bored” – one comment from an estate agents job, ” you are more qualified than me, and to be honest I feel threatened by your experience” – from an area manager when I applied for a sales rep job, ” sorry you are just too old ” – applying for a part time evening waitress job at pizza express when I was in my mid 30’s!

William Gould
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William Gould

I always find “Why do you want this job?” a ridiculously stupid question. Oh, and on trying to get a bar job was told “You’re too old and the wrong sex!”

iain maciver
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iain maciver

you are way too qualified for this post ,

Peter Watson
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Peter Watson

“Do you intend continuing with your trade union activities?” answer yes and I somehow got the job.

Susan Smith
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Susan Smith

The worst question for me was, Do you think at your age, you will be able to keep up with the younger generation, blimey i’m only 50 i thought, consequently i didnt get the job

Ritchie
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Ritchie

The old chestnut – what are your strengths and weaknesses?

Susan Smith
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Susan Smith

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melanie stirling
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melanie stirling

What do I think about violence in films? That was a long time ago!

Kim Neville
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Kim Neville

What is your biggest weakness

pete c
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pete c

What kind of business would you run if you were self-employed?

Stephanie Coals
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Stephanie Coals

Why are you applying at this company when you’re capable of a better position elsewhere?. I fumbled a bit and went on about the benefits of that particular company over the others and it must have worked, because I was offered the job!

mick proctor
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mick proctor

Is a jaffa cake a cake or a biscuit ? I didnt get the job..

Tony Metcalfe
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Tony Metcalfe

At an interview for a job at the local Tax office, being asked why I wanted the job, because, I was told, I was far too qualified and would find the work very boring and soon want to leave.

kev banham
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kev banham

Do you work weekends lol

Lucy
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Lucy

I hate the one of who would you ask to a dinner party – I never know and feel like nothing is a good answer!

Stewart Smith-Langridge
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Stewart Smith-Langridge

[In the 1980s for a job offering just £4.5k] Margaret Thatcher wants to cut £1m from library budgets; what would you say to her to dissuade her from making these cuts?

Rachel Craig
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Rachel Craig

Why do you want the job? So many answers / reasons I could have given. Would think :- What do they want me to say, thought they wanted to be told they were a great company to work for. So would try and reply with anything and everything positive I had heard about in regards to the Company / Organisation.

When really I was desperate to work, I had been brought up with such a strong work ethic type of philosophy by family.

lugworm
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lugworm

Do you smoke? It wont work if you are one of those do gooder, non smoker nazis as we all smoke. I don’t and left the interview!

Sue McCarthy
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Sue McCarthy

The one I remember most was during my very first interview for an office junior job in an advocate’s office, when I was 16. I got a Grade A Food & Nutrition O Level and the interviewer asked if I wanted to be a chef. No. Are you sure you don’t want to be a chef? No I don’t want to be a chef. He did go on about it a bit!

Katie
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Katie

“is that all you did?” when I’d done exactly the same role previously…

Katie
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Katie

I also was made cry by a temp agency and a well known employer… I have epilepsy with seizures caused by tiredness. Epilepsy is a disability and employers have to make reasonable adjustments. They wouldn’t do this by letting me work set shifts because they “already had someone there with epilepsy working shifts and they were fine”…

Amandeep Sibia
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Amandeep Sibia

‘Why do you want this job?’ I hate it when I’m asked this.

Susan B
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Susan B

‘What would you do if …’ questions which are dumb as you can say anything, true or untrue. They should be phrased: ‘Tell me about an occasion on which you …’

Ian F
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Ian F

Give an example of an occasion where you successfully used technology to solve a problem

Solange
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Solange

Tell me what you think about the individuals you just met with?

Pam Francis Gregory
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Pam Francis Gregory

“Please sell me this pencil” when applying for a customer service role

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Pam Francis Gregory

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Angie McDonald
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Angie McDonald

‘IF you aren’t with us in 5 years time – what do trout think you’ll be doing?’ I haven’t even been tried yet and feel like I’ve already been fired and out the door to find something else in the next 5 years!

Theresa
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Theresa

Tell me why you want to work for us!?? Awww This suit would be perfect for my partner

A S,Edinburgh
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A S,Edinburgh

I’ve been lucky, I’ve only ever been asked the usual predictable ones that you can prepare for beforehand. But I still find them stressful, as I’m very direct, and they’re all basically code for something else!

Sarah Mackay
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Sarah Mackay

If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be?

Nigel Soper
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Nigel Soper

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time? The truthful answer should be -“doing your job”

Jessica Powell
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‘Try and sell me this stapler.’ The job in no way involved office supplies or hard sell…

Alice Gilkes
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Alice Gilkes

Why do you want this job?

Margaret Gallagher
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Margaret Gallagher

Tell me something UNIQUE that ypu have mastered in the past 5 years – totally threw me

JaSh
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JaSh

‘What do you think you could bring to this job?’ I know they want positivity and energy etc etc but I just think ‘Well, I’ll do the work and get the job done.’ I never say it though!

Kat Lucas
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Kat Lucas

If you could be any animal, what kind of animal would you be….

Kelly Hirst
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Kelly Hirst

I was asked if I was planning on having anymore children – totally irrelevant to the job role and obviously wanted to see if they’d be likely to have to pay maternity pay in the future!

Leila Benhamida
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Leila Benhamida

How would I rate my hygiene?

Sandra Fortune
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Are you prepared to work weekends and overtime

Isabell Whitenstall
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Isabell Whitenstall

I was once asked : What was the worst thing you have ever done”. Is there any correct answer to that?

Dale Dow
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Dale Dow

I hate when they ask, where do you see yourself in 5 years time? I don’t know!!

AMANDA W
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AMANDA W

the worst question for me is always the “whats your top and worst qualities”.
i hate that one!!!

Karen Worrall
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Karen Worrall

What are your weaknesses?!! 🤔

Lynn Neal
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Lynn Neal

That old one about where you see yourself in 10 years time!

Chris Andrews
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Chris Andrews

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? hmpf . . . l’m not a fortune teller hmpf

Ren Taylor
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Ren Taylor

I was asked once how I would feel about working for a younger manager….hated that question as i had not expected it @

Sheena Batey
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Sheena Batey

The in a given scenario how would you deal with …… always horrible

James C
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James C

‘Describe this muffin on a chair’… too obscure

Sarah Morris
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Sarah Morris

Why do you want this job , hate that question