How to dress up for the Interview of Bank Exams – IBPS PO | SBI PO

First and foremost, give yourself a pat on the back, as you have qualified for the interview stage, which is usually the final stage of a recruitment process. You deserve all the applause and credit. Now, a crucial interview stage ensues, which can be a deal breaker if not handled properly. In this blog, we will be discussing about tips and hacks of HOW TO DRESS UP FOR THE INTERVIEW of Bank Exams like IBPS PO, SBI PO, etc. for both male and female candidates.

Interview starts well before one enters the interview room comprising the panel members. A major part of it is about how to dress up for the interview as it plays an integral part in non-verbal communication and sending the right signal or message to the recruitment board that one has officer like qualities and knows how to present oneself professionally as professionalism needs to be exuded from the way one dresses up for the interview.

How to dress up for the Interview – Tips for Male Candidates

In the following sections of this post, we will give you the most comprehensive answer to your question – How to dress up for the Interview of Bank Exams? We will cover all the components – Hair & Beard, Clothing, Accessories, etc. for Male candidates. So let us begin:

1) Hair and Beard:

  • It should be short to medium length, nicely trimmed or cut from the sides.
  • Go for a haircut at least a week before the actual interview, so that, even the haircut doesn’t suit the face structure or the way you wanted, it would set on your face within a week by the time your actual interview happens.
  • Though optional, you can apply hair product, which gives a shiny finish to the hair, indicative of the freshness.
  • A clean shaven face should be the go-to look for the interview (no stubble, please). However, if you wear a proper beard or a particular style of beard (for example, French cut etc.), groom it to perfection so that it looks professional.

2) Apparels: 

  • A nice cotton button-down shirt of light colour preferably white, light blue and light pink.
  • Sleeves shouldn’t be folded; it should be buttoned down to the wrists.
  • The shirt needs to be paired with a dark coloured trousers/pants preferably of black, brown, navy blue, charcoal grey colours. In case, you’re wearing a suit, make sure the colour of the coat and pant align with the said colour. (A navy blue suit is preferred).
  • The suit, if worn, should be well-fitted as per the body shape. An ill-fitted suit ruins the whole personality and charm of the person.
  • Please make sure there are no patterns in either the shirt or the pant/trousers. They have to be plain in texture and design.
  • Shoes has to a formal leather one, well-polished (preferably with laces). The colour of the shoes has to be black or brown or a variant of the two.
  • The socks have to be a full-length one (and no ankle or no-show socks). The length should be such that when one sits, the skin shouldn’t show.
  • The colour of the socks has to be matched either with the colour of the pants or the colour of the shoes.
  • The colour of the belt has to be matched or needs to be of similar colour as that of the shoes.
  • The tie needs to be monochromatic or minimalistic design pattern of saturated colour (darker shades of a colour, for instance, ‘maroon’ instead of ‘bright red’ and so on). The length of the tie should be such that it should end right above the belt.

3) Accessories: 

  • A leather-strap analog watch should be worn (mind you, no digital or smartwatch and no accessories apart from a watch).
  • Carry a handkerchief with yourself.
  • If you have tattoo, cover it with a piece of clothing. Also, if you have any piercing, remove the ring/s
  • Nails should be trimmed and file appropriately.
  • If you wear ring/s in your fingers, it would be better if you remove them or if you cannot, then you better be ready to answer questions based on it/them, if asked.
  • Wear a mild perfume, if you can, so that you smell fresh during the entire duration of the interview.

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How to dress up for the Interview – Tips for Female Candidates

Below sections contains the tips on How to dress up for the Interview of Bank Exams for female candidates:

Hairdo: 

  • It’s important to tie your hair properly as this is the standard professional look. A ponytail (French ponytail etc.), a bun would be good to go. Please avoid any fancy bun, ponytail as you would be well aware where to draw the line.
  • Only if your hair is short (shoulder-length at max), then only you are allowed to keep it open, but make sure it doesn’t come onto your face. A sleek hairdo in that case would be preferred.

Makeup: 

  • A light makeup is preferred. An eyeliner, kajal along with lip-balm or a nude shade of lipstick would be good to go.
  • Anything over and above this would be tricky and should be avoided unless you’re professional in using makeup products and know to use them onto your face without being loud and extra.
  • Please note that it’s optional to use makeup. It’s just that you need to make sure that you look presentable (in every aspect of dressing).
  • Nails should be cut short (preferably no nail paint or transparent nail paint can be applied).
How to dress up for the Interview

Apparels: 

There are a lot of options when it comes to apparels for women for an interview. Let’s discuss about each one of them one by one.

  • Saree: A decent cotton saree is allowed, but wear it only if you can carry it well. The saree should be well-pleated, pinned up at appropriate places. Eventually, it should give a formal and professional look.
  • Salwar-kameez: Simple cotton ones with zero with minimal embroidery work on it.
  • Kurta-leggings: Same rules, as discussed above, apply to kurta-leggings combination as well. Please make sure the leggings aren’t the slack one, it should be a simple one. For kurta, if it’s a collared, one can avoid wearing a dupatta with it, but if it isn’t collared, then one needs to carry a dupatta (obviously, a simple cotton one) with it.
  • Shirt and Trouser: The rules that apply for men’s dressing applies here as well, excluding the tie, as it’s not a part of women’s clothing. A blazer would complement this attire, so feel free to level up the dressing game with it.

Accessories: 

  • An analog wrist-watch should be worn (no digital/smart watches, please).
  • Earrings/tops, if worn, have to a simple one (and not heavy/flashy ones).
  • Remove any neck accessories or if you can’t, make sure it doesn’t show to others.
  • For footwear, it has to be flats (no high heels). One can go for bellies, wedges (not a high one though). The footwear should be a closed one, preferably, or if it’s an open one, then the feet should be kept neat and clean (pedicured).
  • Please don’t carry a large-sized bag with yourself.
  • Carry a handkerchief with yourself.
  • If you have tattoo, cover it with a piece of clothing. Also, if you have any piercing, remove the ring/s. Nose ring and septum aren’t allowed, although nose pins can be worn (not a flashy one).
  • If you wear ring/s in your fingers, it would be better if you remove them or if you cannot, then you better be ready to answer questions based on it/them, if asked.
  • Wear a mild perfume, if you can, so that you smell fresh during the entire duration of the interview.

The thumb rule is that anything that is flashy must be avoided as one should go for simple/muted colour choices. Dressing up elegantly and professionally might fetch one brownie points while a shoddy dressing style might ruin one’s chances or delay one’s journey to become an officer. So, it needs to be taken care of with all the seriousness.

That is all from us in this post on How to dress up for the Interview of Bank Exams like IBPS PO, SBI PO etc. We hope you found the information useful and would follow the tips for your Interview.

All the best to one and all!


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