Julie Bartlett, the Colour IQ Fashion Guru, wants you to ace any interview.
Knowing and respecting the dress code of your potential employer will turn your interview from feeling like an interrogation into a conversation. Plus, it will give your interviewer one more reason to refer you up to the next stage of interviews.
Before heading out to the interview, I suggest you read the article written by Larissa Faw and published by Forbes, Visible Tattoos and Other Corporate No-No’s. Larissa states how confused our culture has become due to the combined problems of having both a lack of clearly defined dress code policies along with invasive policies (really, American Apparel, no bangs?). This confusion makes interviewing even more complicated.
Though our society now allows for more room of personal expression through the use of tattoos, the corporate society is not interested in seeing all the ways you’ve used your body as a work of art with legs. Visible tattoo’s range in scope from a heart to covering most, if not all of, the body. Why should this be a problem? It’s not. At least not, always.
It is if your company wants to work with international clients who find such visible signs of self-induced pain offensive, or perhaps, if Grandma is their ideal client. When working for a company with such a global clientele you will have to be willing to fit into their marketing plan as a large company cannot make room for the multiple ways employees may want to show up. Perhaps this is one of the biggest reasons for the growing popularity of tattoo removal services.
Companies prefer to create a marketing standard and want employees who align with that standard. It makes the work place an easier place to spend the day when there is visual continuity. Can you imagine creating a marketing plan and learning that it has been tweeked to the point of misrepresentation? How would the public be able to trust it’s stated mission statement? How would the public easily differentiate ‘it’ from competitors? If the message becomes merky…who will invest?
If your visual message and your verbal message are not in alignment, you create a disconnect from those trying to hear you, believe you, and trust you. This holds true in a corporate setting as well as a social setting. It makes the conversation turn from clarifying…’You do whaat?’…to confirming…’You look like you can do what you say you can do’. Decide which conversation you want and dress accordingly. Then, interview with companies which will accept you where you are.
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