Anyone who might be wondering how to dress for an interview with UBS, the Swiss financial services firm where entry-level salaries averaged nearly $60,000 last year, might wish to review a copy of that organization's newly published 44 page dress and grooming code. The code, which in fairness was written for temporary hires that interact with the public and may never be rolled out to the rest of the staff, is pretty dull stuff consisting as it does of such basic advice as "wear clean underwear" and "don't eat too much garlic" that could leave one wondering where UBS is finding its candidates.
The basics of dressing for success at UBS are, well, basic. They can be summed up by looking at the two men in the illustration and realizing that the guy in back is a banker and the man in front is a client. For the banker:
- black shoes with laces and a semblance of a shine;
- pattern-free black over the calf hose except that socks with ribs are OK;
- black belts (and no extra credit for trousers with side adjustors or worn with braces).
- suits in dark grey, black or navy blue, because these colors "symbolize competence, formalism and sobriety;"
- long sleeved dress shirts that show a bit of cuff;
- and a four-in hand necktie that may be tied in any of the three generally accepted knots using the instructions provided in case someone does not already know how.
Still, it is comforting to know that in these anything goes days a few are still trying to maintain standards.