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Always Look Better…Yuta Kato

02 Apr iMADdu Blog | Comments Off

One thing I have learned so far is to be rather overdressed than underdressed when you’re at any business events or even interviews.  Recently, I attended a networking event where the dress code was business causal.  Therefore, I just wore a khaki and dress shirt with a tie.  Once I arrived at the event, majority of people were wearing full suit or simply suit.  Although they were a few people who were wearing khaki and dress shirt, I felt very underdressed.  Going to the event, I was thinking more about how I should approach business professionals and less thinking about the dress code.  However, it was a different story once I got to the event site.  Luckily, everyone was kind and didn’t seem to care what I was wearing, but more interested about my story and background.  From this experience, I learned that it is better to wear suit even though it’s a networking event.  If you don’t want to wear a suit, then wear at least a black pants and dress shirts with a tie so that you can blend with the crowd.

Another occurrence was when I had a causal interview with a company I used to work for and I knew the interviewer.  However, my shirt was not ironed as my interviewer noticed during the interview.  I remembered that day, I wasn’t prepared for the interview as I just found a dress shirt in my closet and wore without any ironing.  After the interview, I sent an apology email to my interviewer for unacceptable dress code.  Although it didn’t affect my job offer, I learned that I don’t want to be in this situation again.

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