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I have heard that men are to wear over-the-calf socks when wearing a suit. Is this true?

Knee-length socks, also known as over-the-calf, should always be worn with a suit and tie, or for that matter, any business occasion. This includes business casual. The reason is that

Is it mandatory that I wear suit to an interview since I am interviewing for a business casual environment? My friend told me that no men wear jackets at all in the office where I am applying. Any thoughts?

Although many corporate cultures support business casual attire, it is always wise to wear a suit to an interview. The definition itself of “Business Casual” varies from business to business,

I would like to know more about business attire overall. What’s the new standard, which attire falls into which category, etc.

At CHUVA beyond we classify attire into the following categories. It’s impossible to put each item in the blog, but I hope this gives you some guidelines for building your

Nervous habits tend to me more prevalent when you are under pressure or stressed, particular in business meetings, interviews or giving a presentation. How can you reveal your nervous habits to maintain better control??

Nervous habits tend to surface when a person is under pressure or stressed; however, being nervous is normal. It is important to control them as much as possible. If you

I had a job interview and I kept fidgeting with my hands. I caught the interviewer “take note”. What’s the best way to avoid showing nervousness with my hands since that is the way I show it?

If you play with your hands, or tend to play with items when you are nervous, then do not allow your hands to touch. You can gently hold your wrist

I am a grown woman and I still get the occasional breakout. And of course it’s like the 3rd eye right in the middle of my face. How can I cover it up to make it look like I am not covering it up?

When covering acne areas you have to be careful. If you are not, you could end up with a cakey clump on your face. Next time you get acne, follow

I just had an interview. Because of today’s technology, should I send a thank you note via email instead of a handwritten note card via snail mail? I am confused, please help!

You should send a thank you letter or note within 24 hours. The purpose is not only to thank them for their time, but to reiterate why you are the

The other day I had a meeting in a client’s office. She was at her desk. While I was taking notes I caught myself placing my pad flat on her desk. It felt awkward. Is there etiquette about taking notes?

When taking notes, be sure to ask your client if he or she minds. Place the notes where only you can see them. Do not use your client’s desk when

What is the best way I can sit during an interview? I often times feel too stiff. Any suggestions?

Having your lower and upper body facing directly to an interviewer gives you a more authoritative presence. Aside from your posture the position of the chair can impact your presence.

I recently had an interview. I was in the reception area with other and they were quit younger than me. When the receptionist asked us we wanted anything water, coffee or a soft drink, I said no, but a couple other candidates did. Am I missing something? Was that appropriate in the “new way of doing business”?

You did the right thing. You should NOT partake in any food or beverages. They will only get in your way. You should eat and drink prior to the interview.

The other day I was waiting to see a client in their reception area. I took notice of what others were reading while waiting to be seen. One was reading a novel of some sort; the other was reading a People magazine. It was then I thought, what were they “saying” to their client by what they were reading. Does this have an impact on what others think just by what you are reading?

When waiting in the reception area for a meeting you should select literature about the company, such as a brochure or an annual report. If those are not available consider

When visiting a client’s office and you are waiting to be seen where should you place the items that you have brought with you?

When sitting, you need to be thinking about getting-up. This is very important because when someone comes to great you, (hopefully you can see them coming) you should be able

I read that having good eye contact is the most important part of an introduction. The other day my client introduced me one of their new team members. When being introduced, she had great eye contact but not a good handshake. So what is the most important? The whole thing made me uncomfortable. Any suggestions?

When being introduced to others you should begin looking them in the eye, while starting to smile, begin the dialogue of introducing yourself, while reaching to shake their hands and

When going to a client’s office for a meeting, is it best to sit on a sofa or a chair while waiting in the reception area? I heard chair but do not know the reasoning.

Actually neither of them should be your determining factor. You should sit facing where you believe where someone may be coming from to greet you. For example, if there is

I heard that there are a number of words per minute one should speak in order for their message to be comprehended clearly. Is there any truth to this? I speak fast and want to make sure I am being understood!

An average of 180 words per minute is recommended to keep your listener interested allowing them to better comprehend the message. Speaking too slow can make you appear very boring.

Does cocktail attire mean a short dress only?

Traditionally cocktail attire for women means a short dress only. The little black dress works great. In today’s environment you have some leadway. Consider a dressy pantsuit or a dressy

What is an image consultant?

An Image Consultant helps professional men and women ensure that every aspect of who they are and what they know and do is in alignment of each other so that

What are your thoughts about female associates wearing sleeveless tops?

There are many styles of Sleeveless tops. So you need to know the scoop…hint, avoid the scoop neck when wearing a sleeveless tops. Sleeveless tops are best if the strap

I travel a great deal with my boss. I am a sales rep and the President of our company rode along with us on one occasion. I sat in the front as usual and my boss drove. I was told that I should have sat in the back seat, is this true?

Absolutely!! You are the junior in this case. Putting the President of your company in the back seat was a sign of disrespect. You should always defer to your seniors.