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The bad news is that the UK economy is officially in recession.
The bad news is that the UK economy is officially in recession. The good news is that in times of economic hardship there are plenty of bargains to be had on the high street. So forget your troubles and go on a shopping spree. Not only will it cheer you up, it will give retailers a much-needed boost.
But before you head for Oxford Street check out this weeks feature by Anthea Yamey: Dress to impress. Anthea, a style guru who amongst others has advised trainees at Freshfields on how to dress appropriately in the workplace, has put together some top tips what to wear to an interview/assessment day.
Dressing appropriately for an interview is crucial, as it will serve to create an immediate good impression. Indeed, as Virginia Woolf wrote in Three Guineas, the way one dresses serves to advertise the social, professional or intellectual standing of the wearer.
So while some firms may boast their business casual or dress-down policies, its always best to wear a suit for an interview, especially in the current economic climate. It is also safer to steer clear of the latest fashions and to go for something more traditional and professional.
And as Anthea advises its not how much you spend on your suit rather how it fits you. Theres no point in splashing out on Gucci or Armani if the sleeves are too long.
Also, its worth laying off on the aftershave/perfume. As Anthea puts the interviewer may not share the same taste or even worse it may send them off on a sneezing fit.
My other top tip for female students is to always carry a spare pair of tights. But if you forget and do have an accident then whatever you do dont point it out to the interviewer. Thats what one candidate did when I was interviewing her for a job with me. Suffice to say she ended up in the reject pile it was a real pity because up until she mentioned the ladder in her tights I had no idea!