Monday, February 12, 2007

Jewelry for an Interview

Jewelry for Men... formal situation:
  1. Watch: Wear a conservative watch. Something that is not flashy, bright or flamboyant. A simple leather or silver metal with a simple practical dial is a good idea.
  2. Earrings: If you choose to wear other jewelry, be conservative even though usually, removing earrings is the safest. Especially for conservative industries, don't wear earrings. Observe other men in your industry to see what is acceptable.
  3. Rings and bracelets: Make sure it is not something that would distract the interviewer or yourself. Keep it simple and minimal.
As a general rule, you want to present an intermediate attitude between who you are and what is expected of you. Not too bold or outstanding but not too laid back. Dress with confidence but do not over-dress. Judge your industry and designation and dress accordingly.

Jewelry / accessories for Women... formal situation:

  1. Watch: Wear a conservative watch. Not a thick strap and no flashy colors or dial. The watch size should be in proportion to your wrist size visually. You may also choose not to wear a watch at all depending upon your attitude and other means of measuring time if you need it.
  2. Scarves: Scarf styles and other accessories come and go. Keep your choices simple and leaning towards the conservative. Avoid extremes of style and color. If your industry is creative, you may have more flexibility than someone pursuing a conservative industry such as law or medicine etc.
  3. Jewelry: A classic approach is usually safer than trends. You can experiment a bit with the rings and bracelet but anything on the neck or ears has to be something that compliments your face without distracting from your expressions. No dangles and no glitter should be the rule. Simple gold or diamond or even a mild touch of color could look good.
Your styles should be comfortable and sensible. Be who you are... you want to present the nicer more acceptable you. Simple gold or well coordinated colored stone jewelry is a good wear. Do not wear anything too glittery or flamboyant and stay away from fakes. It is better not to wear adornment rather than mess it.
It should reflect your personality to the extent which makes you suitable for the designation you are applying for.
If you decide to wear a chain or a neck-wear make sure the visual weight is well balanced with a set of smart earrings if required. Heavy earrings do NOT sit well with a heavy neckwear. Your jewelry should not be cumbersome. Once again, no dangles and no noisy jewelry. Go for the classic or for minimalistic if you are not sure.

All the best. For personalized comments on jewelry styles that would suit you, simply write to me at along with a recent photo in the hair do that you would like to wear to an interview.

Coming up soon... "what jewelry style for my face cut".