The importance of the job interview is well-known. This is where an employer meets potential employees. What happens during the interview decides if the candidate would get the job or not. Even before a single question is asked, it is possible to create a positive impact in the mind of the interview. This can happen by creating a good first impression through the dress worn and the body language of the candidate.
Dress, without a doubt, can create a positive impression on the interviewer. A well-dressed candidate would look perfectly suited for the job. If you were attending an interview and were wondering how to dress for it, this article will act asa guide to help you decide what to wear.
The dress you need to wear depends on the dress code of the company that has called you for an interview. Imagine if you walk into the interview fully decked in a suit and the interviewer is wearing a T-shirtand jeans! It would create an awkward situation.If you are attending an interview, try to find out the dress code of the company. Older companies prefer a very formal dress code. New companies, especially startups are comfortable with a casual dress code.
You can visit the social media page of the company to take a look at photographs of employees on various occasions. That will help you get an idea of the company dress code. If you know who is going to interview you, visit her social media pages to understand how she dresses on most occasions. This would give you a hint on what type of a dress to wear.
If the company prefers a formal dress, then follow a professional dress code for the interview.
Men can wear a white or light-colored shirt (plain or light stripes) with a suit that matches the pant. Black, navy blue or grey are the best options for the suit and pant color. You need to wear well-polished shoes – black or brown would be the best choice. Wear dark colored socks (preferably plain without any design). A leather belt to match your suit color would be apt. When you wear a suit, a tie is mandatory. Select a tie that looks professional, like a striped tie. Make sure the suit fits you perfectly. The shirt and pant need to be properly pressed.
Women can wear a white or light-colored blouse or shirt with a skirt. The skirt can be knee-length and should match with the suit. Ideally, a navy blue, black, or grey suit would be perfect for an interview. You can also wear a pant instead of a skirt. The shoes you wear should look conservative. Avoid wearing too much jewelry.
A semi-formal dress code is also referred to as the business casual dress. Men can wear cotton or wool pants. Khaki pants are also good for a semi-formal interview. A shirt that is pressed and worn long-sleeves is preferred. It can be any color but avoid bright colors. A sweater can be worn over the shirt or you can even wear a blazer. The belt and shoes should match and can be black or brown. The tie can be done away with.
Women can wear knee-length skirts or cotton or corduroy pants. A cardigan or sweater can be worn over the shirt or blouse. Either a light or dark color dress can be worn. However, too bright colors must be avoided. Sandals or shoes should be worn. You can even wear a blazer over your dress for a business casual interview.
Startups promoted by young entrepreneurs do not impose a dress code. Employees even turn up to work in shorts. That doesn’t mean that you do the same. If the dress code for the interview is casual, then you can wear a plain t-shirt and jeans that fit you well. A blazer over the T-shirt can be worn if the interviewer is dressed similarly. Cotton blouse and jeans would be the ideal dress for women to wear for a casual interview.
Some important pointers to dress well for the interview
Here are some key points to keep in mind when you dress for the interview.
- Select a dress that fits you well and is neither too loose nor too tight. Take the opinion of a friend to tell you if the dress suits you.
- Avoid dresses that are too bright in color. Whatever may be the dress code for the interview, avoid wearing a dress that has designs on it. Choose a plain light or dark-colored dress or one with stripes on it.
- Make sure your hair is well combed and gives you a professional appearance.
- Avoid too much jewelry and other such accessories.
- Women should never wear dresses with plunging necklines or skirts that are too short. Avoid skintight dresses.
- Make sure your dress is dry cleaned and pressed the previous day, so you don’t have to spend too much time getting ready for the interview.
- Avoid wearing too much makeup.
- If you have tattoos, try to ensure they are hidden by your dress.
- Keep perfume and cologne light. Some people are allergic to strong scents. You wouldn’t want the interviewer to keep sneezing throughout the interview.
- Take care of your personal hygiene. Avoid eating or smoking before you enter the interview hall. Take a look at yourself in the mirror before leaving for the interview.
- Don’t chew gum during an interview or carry a cup of coffee with you when you enter the interview room. It can make the interviewer feel that you are too casual.
- Men should shave before attending the interview, unless they have a full beard.
- Carry a bag or briefcase with your documents and a copy of your resume. It should look professional.
When you dress professionally for an interview, you not only look good but would also feel good and can be confident while facing the interview.
Foxconn chairman says expects “limited impact” from chip shortage on clients
TAIPEI (Reuters) – The chairman of Apple Inc supplier Foxconn said on Saturday he expects his company and its clients will face only “limited impact” from a chip shortage that has rattled the global automotive and semiconductor industries.
“Since most of the customers we serve are large customers, they all have proper precautionary planning,” said Liu Young-way, chairman of the manufacturing conglomerate formally known as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd
“Therefore, the impact on these large customers is there, but limited,” he told reporters.
Liu said he expected the company to do well in the first half of 2021, “especially as the pandemic is easing and demand is still being sustained.”
The global spread of COVID-19 has increased demand for laptops, gaming consoles, and other electronics. This caused chip manufacturers to reallocate capacity away from the automotive sector, which was expecting a steep downturn.
Now, car manufacturers such as Volkswagen AG, General Motors Co and Ford Motor Co have cut output as chip capacity has shrunk.
Counterpoint Research says the shortage has extended to the smartphone sector, with application processors, display driver chips, and power management chips all facing a crunch.
However, the research firm predicts Apple will face a minimal impact, due to its large size and its suppliers’ tendency to prioritise it. Apple is Foxconn’s largest customer.
Foxconn is looking at other areas for growth, including in electric vehicles (EVs), and Liu said their EV development platform MIH now had 736 partner companies participating.
He expected it would have two or three models to show by the fourth quarter, though did not expect EVs to make an obvious contribution to company earnings until 2023.
Liu also said the company was still looking for semiconductor fab purchase opportunities in Southeast Asia after not winning a bid to take over a stake in Malaysia-based 8-inch foundry house Silterra.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard and Jeanny Kao; Writing by Josh Horwitz; Editing by William Mallard and Ana Nicolaci da Costa)
EU seeks alliance with U.S. on climate change, tech rules
By Sabine Siebold and Kate Abnett
BERLIN (Reuters) – Europe and the United States should join forces in the fight against climate change and agree on a new framework for the digital market, limiting the power of big tech companies, European Union chief executive Ursula von der Leyen said.
“I am sure: A shared transatlantic commitment to a net-zero emissions pathway by 2050 would make climate neutrality a new global benchmark,” the president of the European Commission said in a speech at the virtual Munich Security Conference on Friday.
“Together, we could create a digital economy rulebook that is valid worldwide: a set of rules based on our values, human rights and pluralism, inclusion and the protection of privacy.”
The EU has pledged to cut its net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, while President Joe Biden has committed the United States to become a “net zero economy” by 2050.
Scientists say the world must reach net zero emissions by 2050 to limit global temperature increases to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial times and avert the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.
The hope is that a transatlantic alliance could help persuade large emitters who have yet to commit to this timeline – including China, which is aiming for carbon neutrality by 2060, and India.
“The United States is our natural partner for global leadership on climate change,” von der Leyen said.
She called the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol a turning point for the discussion on the impact social media has on democracies.
“Of course, imposing democratic limits on the uncontrolled power of big tech companies alone will not stop political violence,” von der Leyen said. “But it is an important step.”
She was referring to a draft set of rules unveiled in December which aims to rein in tech companies that control troves of data and online platforms relied on by thousands of companies and millions of Europeans for work and social interactions.
They show the European Commission’s frustration with its antitrust cases against the tech giants, notably Alphabet Inc’s Google, which critics say have not addressed the problem.
But they also risk inflaming tensions with Washington, already irked by Brussels’ attempts to tax U.S. tech firms more.
Von der Leyen said Facebook’s decision on a news blackout on Thursday in response to a forthcoming Australian law requiring it and Google to share revenue from news underscored the importance of a global approach to dealing with tech giants.
(Additional reporting by Foo Yun Chee; editing by Robin Emmott and Nick Macfie; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
Packaged food giants push direct online sales to gauge consumer tastes
By Siddharth Cavale and Nivedita Balu
(Reuters) – Packaged food giants including Kraft Heinz, General Mills and Kellogg are pushing sales of their products to consumers directly via their own online channels, in a quest to gather more data about shoppers’ purchasing habits.
Velveeta-cheese maker Kraft Heinz saw its e-commerce sales double in 2020, now representing more than 5% of its global sales, Chief Executive Miguel Patricio said at the virtual Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference this week.
The company sells Heinz baked beans and tomato soup by subscription or in bundles directly to consumers on a “Heinz To Home” website in the United Kingdom, Australia and Europe.
Sales on the site are “giving us valuable insights into consumer behavior, enabling us to quickly test and learn from innovations,” Kraft’s head of international business, Rafael de Oliveira, said at the conference.
Kraft would continue to use the site as a channel to generate strong sales in developed markets, he said.
The company also counts sales of its products through marketplaces such as on Amazon.com and Walmart.com as part of its e-commerce sales.
U.S. shoppers spent on average $1,271 buying groceries online last year, 45% more than they did in 2019 as the pandemic spurred shopping online, according to market research firm Earnest Research. In contrast, the average dollars spent in stores rose only about 7% to $3,849.
PepsiCo sells products including Doritos, Quaker oats and Gatorade directly to consumers through two websites, pantryshop.com and snacks.com, both launched in 2020.
Chief Financial Officer Hugh Johnston said that more than 45% of the company’s capital investments over the next few years would be dedicated toward manufacturing capacity, automation, and a “ramping up of investments in our e-commerce channel.”
As major online retailers including Amazon.com and Walmart.com continue to gather valuable data on shoppers, many packaged food manufacturers are keen to gather their own data on shoppers, too.
“COVID (has) simply accelerated our digital growth and has provided us with yet another source of data and insight,” Monica McGurk, chief growth officer at breakfast cereal maker Kellogg Co., told the conference.
Kellogg, producer of Corn Flakes as well as Pringles chips, said on Wednesday it had launched a direct-to-consumer website focused on digestive wellness. The group plans to sell its new Mwell Microbiome Powder for gut health via the site to gather data on customer interest before it launches the product more widely.
E-commerce sales have doubled in the past year and now represent about 8.5% of the group’s $13.77 billion in annual sales, Kellogg said.
Pillsbury dough-maker General Mills also sees the benefits of tracking consumer habits more closely.
“We’re aggressively investing in data and analytics. We are gathering unparalleled insights from the first-party data we collect through our brand websites,” General Mills’ Chief Executive Jeffrey Harmening said at the conference.
On its Bettycrocker.com website, General Mills provides hundreds of recipes using Betty Crocker cake mixes and frosting. The site leads people to the closest store or an online retailer where they can purchase the products, thereby generating data for General Mills on what a particular customer from a certain zip code is buying. The company does not sell the food products directly on its website.
Consumers, however, may have to shell out more if they shop directly from brand websites.
Prices on the two PepsiCo sites, for example, were generally higher than those on Walmart.com or Amazon.com, Reuters checks show. On Walmart.com, for example, a 10 oz pack of Doritos Nacho Cheese was on sale for $2.50 compared to $4.29 on Pepsico’s website.
Kraft Heinz offers tins of soup, beans, pasta and baby food bundled into packs ranging from six to 25 items and costing between 10 and 20 pounds ($14.01-$28.03) on its UK website. It told Reuters the relatively higher prices of items and bundling of packs than on some other online marketplaces was to be able to eke out a margin after including delivery costs.
“Longer term, we see real value in this channel to be an insight and data channel for us,” Jean-Philippe Nier, head of e-commerce for Kraft Heinz’s business in the UK and Ireland, told Reuters. People are more prepared to order directly from manufacturers than they were before. The time is now.”
Graphic: Direct online sales to cross $20 billion in 2021 – https://graphics.reuters.com/PACKAGEDFOODS-ECOMMERCE/rlgpdexngvo/chart.png
($1 = 0.7137 pounds)
(Reporting by Siddharth Cavale and Nivedita Balu in Bengaluru; Editing by Vanessa O’Connell and Susan Fenton)
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