FOLLOWING SUIT: One-Third of CIOs Say IT Candidates Should Wear Formal Interview Attire
TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2013, 2013 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --
Chief Information Officers (CIOs) want to
hire IT professionals who are "well suited" for the job -- both
literally and figuratively. According to a new Robert Half Technology survey, one-third (33 per cent) of CIOs said a business suit is the most appropriate attire for
someone interviewing for an IT position. Twenty-nine per cent of respondents favoured tailored separates, while another 29 per cent prefer khakis and
a collared shirt.
The national survey was developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading
provider of information technology professionals on a project and
full-time basis, and conducted by an independent research firm. The
survey is based on more than 270 telephone interviews with CIOs from a
random sample of Canadian companies with 100 or more employees.
CIOs were asked, "Which of the following, in your opinion, is the most appropriate
interview attire for someone interviewing for an IT job with your
company " Their responses:
Formal business 33%
suitâ ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦.â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦.............
Tailored separates (for example, a skirt and blouse)â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦....... 29%
Khakis and a collared 29%
shirtâ ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦â ¦............
Jeans and a polo shirt...........................................................................
Something else/don't know........................................................................... 1%
*Response does not equal 100 per cent due to rounding.
"An interview is an IT worker's chance to make a strong first
impression," said Megan Slabinski, district president of Robert Half
Technology in Canada. "Appearing overly casual could lead the hiring
manager to believe the candidate does not take the position seriously."
Slabinski added that networking before the interview can help job
candidates get a sense of how to dress when meeting with a hiring
manager. "Candidates should do their homework - if you are working with
the firm's HR representative or a recruiter, take the time to ask about
the dress code and what may be deemed appropriate attire for the
Robert Half Technology offers these additional interview attire tips:
-- Choose something comfortable. You want to look as relaxed as
possible, so avoid uncomfortable clothing. If you purchase new
interview attire, wear it a few times to break it in before
-- Pay attention to details. Don't overlook the less obvious
aspects of your appearance, like your shoes, socks and
accessories. Make sure your outfit is free of wrinkles and
stains, your hair and nails are well groomed, and your shoes
-- Don't overdo it. Ultimately, you want your experience and
skills to be the focus of the interview -- not your outfit.
Avoid any distracting clothing or jewellery, as well as
excessive perfume, cologne or makeup.
-- Turn off electronic "accessories." Make sure any mobile device
you have with you is off before the meeting.
-- Dress the part for a video interview. Even if your interview is
via webcam, you want to look the part. Make sure you dress
appropriately from head to toe and the background is free of
About Robert Half Technology
With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a
leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging
from web development and multiplatform systems to network security and
technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search
services at www.rht.com. Follow Robert Half Technology at twitter.com/RobertHalfTech.
SOURCE: Robert Half Technology
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