Dress To Impress!
When attending a job interview, it is crucial to get your appearance right. Not looking the part could play a large part in not getting the job, and whether the Interviewer wants to progress your application.
Here are some points to help you out when it comes to deciding on how to dress for an interview:
Ask Beforehand – It’s perfectly acceptable and normal to email or call the Interviewer or HR Manager prior to your interview, to ask what kind of interview it’s going to be (formal or informal), from there, you can make a judgement on what outfit you should be wearing. Whether it be a suit or a jacket with jeans and smart shoes.
What Do Their Employees Wear? – Research the company culture before the interview, and try to match what their current employees are wearing. Are you interviewing at Google? Might be best to go for that smart casual look! Accountancy firm? Suited and booted!
In most cases, it’s the done thing to go for the suited option, smart casual interviews very rarely happen.
Not Too Loud – It can be good to wear ‘louder’ colours in your outfit, it can show that your confident and are trying to stand out. Just don’t go for something completely over the top; you want to impress the interviewer, not distract them.
Keep any shirts as plain as you can, as well as ties and socks, the interviewer will notice otherwise.
Keep It Tidy – If your outfit is wrinkled and / or dirty, you need to get that fixed ASAP! The worst thing that you can do is show up to an interview with a dirty suit or wrinkled shirt, make sure you do this a few days before so that you can get it cleaned if needed. Ensure that your clothes are well-fitting, anything else might appear messy and you’ll also feel more at ease and comfortable during the interview.
Ensure that your clothes are well-fitting, anything else might appear messy and you’ll also feel more at ease and comfortable during the interview.
Oh and please, don’t forget to polish your shoes!
The Night Before – Prepare your entire outfit the night before! You don’t want to have to stress about finding that missing sock or tie on the day of your interview.
Overall, if you can’t work out what to go dressed in, I would play it safe and just go for an uncomplicated plain option, aka suited and booted.