Does that mean, she can wear "HALF SKIRT", if she is comfortable?
I wonder why candidates(women) don't think of dressing decently that doesn't deviate the attention of interviewer rather just trying to IMPRESS?
With profound regards

From India, Chennai
Hi Alka,

Both Mr.SUNDARAM and Mr. PARTHASARATHY has given good guidance. Just one more thing just remember where what you are used to, and please don’t try to ape any one. You are going for an interview and if you are not comfortable then you will not be able to give your interview properly. But please remember to go through your subject matter so you are able to give proper answer’s.

Mr. Shaik I really don’t understand why do you have to jump to all wrong conclusion, when some Saikumar said comfortable non of the other member’s thought of short skirt, but only you. Also what do you mean by stating “I wonder why candidates(women) don't think of dressing decently that doesn't deviate the attention of interviewer rather just trying to IMPRESS?” Please don’t you think you are really generalizing, and you need to change the way you are thinking.

There are bad and good people in both the gender’s. So before you make any statement just think properly. We don’t have to dress indecently to prove our caliber.



From India, Mumbai
Dear Ms. Anita,
There are applicants, if you allow them, for sure they will love to dress in HALF SKIRT or even less than that. Don't mistake me but i am talking the FACTS.
Since Indian dressing trend is rapidly changing, similarly GEN Y dressing style/pattern had also changed. Decency in dressing(clothing) is slowly vanishing and i am sure future is going to be unpredictable. We dress to cover our body, but not just to either SHOW OFF or IMPRESS/HYPNOTIZE/LURE individuals.
When we say wear something comfortable, ensure that 1) your body is totally covered 2) neither interview gets carried away nor its attracts OPPOSITE GENDER. 3) It should neither PROTRUDE or PROJECT structure which also attracts opposite gender.
Here is the statement from the western world. They said "We are adopting INDIAN CULTURE you(INDIANS) are adopting the culture we left" Now you correct me if i am wrong. I am willing to correct myself.
With profound regards

From India, Chennai
Hello Skhadirji,
I think anitaji is right, Its not a debate question. You are giving side to the subject.
Instead of debating on "what women should wear and what not " we should concentrate on the query asked by alka. we should give her good options so that she can choose best amongst them, rather than making her confused.
Blaming others for their choice of wear I dont think its wise one. every individual has their own view towords life.
Arun J.

From India, Hyderabad
Dear Shaik,

Please remember India is a country with vast diversity, where people follow different religion and culture. What is acceptable in one religion may not be approved by other. A true Indian will follow the policy of leave and let leave. You are going on harping about girls wearing Half Skirt’s could you tell me what’s wrong with it. Many wear it and still carry them self decently and where as some of them are fully covered but still can look indecent.

Also remember it is a traditional dress of some people, so by making such statement you are hurting the sentiments of many people. If you don’t like then you can see your close ones don’t wear it, but you can’t impose what you feeling on other’s.

“Your statement about western world. They said "We are adopting INDIAN CULTURE you(INDIANS) are adopting the culture we left"”

Please tell me should we get influenced by what they say, Indian culture is unique and has its own values. Indians are very much family oriented, and our foundation is so strong that no amount of western influence can change the core thinking of Indians. I do agree there are few who try to copy them, but majority don’t.



From India, Mumbai
The way you look bears a lot on the hiring decision. The choice of clothes you wear shows the amount of respect you show to the interviewer and the position for which you are being interviewed. In order to maintain neutrality of attitude, wear moderate clothes.

Wear clothes that are more formal and conservative. Make sure that your clothes contribute to your professional image. Although this is not a book devoted to dressing sense and you have been dressing yourself for years, following are certain tips which would help you to dress appropriately for interviews:

Dressing Tips for Men


• A conservatively styled, two-piece suit, dark in colour preferably grey or blue or black will give a professional look. Dark colours serve as a visual background that draws the eye to the face.

• Make sure the suit is well-tailored and fits you. The coat sleeve and trouser length should be such that the suit is neither too long nor too short. Moreover, it should fit well and remain in place while sitting or walking.

• A full-length coat can be worn over your suit.

• If you do not have a well-fitting business suit, you may wear pants (other than jeans) with .a shirt.


• A full-sleeved shirt preferably white, off-white or light blue in colour. (No T-shirts.)

• Make sure it is neatly pressed and has a good fit.

• The shirt must have a collar. Preferably it should be button-down instead of a loose collar. Chinese collars or turtlenecks are a big no.

• Typically, arms should be covered to the wrist. Exposing arms by rolling up your sleeves is not formal.


• A solid (plain) colored tie preferably dark blue or red in color made of 100% pure silk.

• If you don't have plain colored ties, you may wear ties with simple, uniform and subtle patterns, either stripes or small dots.

• Avoid ties that are too wide or too narrow.

• Also avoid bow ties.

A tie pin will ensure that the tie is held in its place and you won't have to adjust your tie again and again in the interview. Use a plain, single colored, non-flashy tie pin.


• Socks should be dark in colour preferably black, grey or blue.

• Choose socks that allow air to flow and do not hold perspiration and heat.

• Don't wear athletic socks.


• The colour of the belt should match with the colour of the shoes.

• The belt should preferably have a small buckle.


• Hair (if they are still there!) should be short, well combed and conservative in style.

• Avoid hair styles that cover more than your forehead.


• Shoes should be hard-soled preferably black or brown in colour. (No tennis shoes, sandals or boots)

• Make sure they are clean and polished. Pay special attention to toes and heels. They should not look dirty.

Beard & Moustache

• If you do have a beard or moustache, shave it off. It is not an asset in an interview.

• However, if you still want to keep the moustache, just make sure it is neat and trimmed.

• Don't use too much of aftershave while performing your normal shave.

• In case you keep the beard because of your religious affiliations/faith or just because they look good on you, you may keep them.

Dressing Tips for Women

Suits or Sarees

• Business suits with skirts are preferable than suits with pants.

• The skirts should not be too short. They should be long enough to reach the knee or just below the knee.

• Acceptable colours are black, grey and blue. Solids and pinstripes both are acceptable.

• Should not cling or shine.

• Sarees which are too decorated or gaudy should be avoided.


• Avoid low necklines and revealing waistlines.

• Arms should be covered to the biceps.

• Should be pressed, clean, and well-tailored.

• White, off-white or light blue colours are best suited. Don't forget to match it with your suit.

• Solid colours or subtle patterns are best.

• Fabric should be cotton or silk.

• Avoid lace and frills.

• Also avoid see through blouses.


• Keep your hair simple.

• Ensure that your face is not hidden behind your long or wavy hairs.

• Consider having a trim.

• If you use hair spray, use an unscented brand.

Make up

• Use natural-looking makeup that matches your complexion.

• If you wish you may use nail polish.

• Ensure that your makeup is not noticeable.


• Stockings are a must with skirts.

• They should be flesh-toned or a colour very closes to it.

• Wear plain-style, non-patterned hosiery.


• Wear pumps/court shoes with a low-sized heel (2 1/2" at most)

• Avoid shoes that hinder walking fast.

• Acceptable colours are black, brown or blue in colour

(Matching with the colour of the suit).

• Flats, high heels, sandals, tennis shoes, boots etc. are not for wearing at interviews.

• Ensure that the toes and heels are covered.

• Make sure they are clean and polished.

Once you are ready, glance at a mirror and detect smeared makeup, lipstick, windswept hair and other slips.

After reading the entire article and dressing accordingly, if you see your interviewer wearing jeans and army boots then don’t get angry with me. It is you who has to give an interview not the interviewer!

All positions do not call for professional dress code. There are positions such as advertising, designing, programming and writing which generally allow for a more liberal dress code.



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