Level 6, 11 – 31 York Street
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important of all. It sets the tone for all relationships to follow and you cannot take back a first impression!
So, what contributes to the first impression you make?
One very important area is your appearance and how you dress. In the Australian business environment there are different dress codes that range from formal to business casual to casual.
A work dress code is often set by an organisation to give guidance to employees on what is appropriate to wear to work so that a certain standard can be maintained across the organisation.
Benefits of following a dress code include:
Some companies have detailed, written policies on their dress code which is common for example in the Hospitality Industry.
Companies who have a more casual approach to their dress code may have very little detail or no strict guidelines. The amount of client interaction employees have with clients, organisational culture and the type of industry the organisation operates in can all impact on what the dress code entails.
As organisations have different dress codes you often will not know what the appropriate work attire is until after you have started working for the company and been able to observe how other employees dress or have been given some written guidelines. Therefore the rule of thumb is that it is better to be overdressed than underdressed!
When attending an interview with a prospective employer it is important to always wear formal business attire even if the company has business casual as a dress code. This will enable you to ensure a professional first impression and start the relationships on a positive note.
Studies have found that 55% of a person’s opinion is driven by physical appearance – therefore the importance of your dress code in creating a good first impression should not be underestimated. You want to be dressed for success!