You’ve worked so hard to get an interview and done all of your information preparation, the final hurdle in preparation is selecting what to wear. First impressions do count, so it is worth spending a bit of time to choose an interview outfit that projects the right image. It is said that first impressions are made within the first few seconds of meeting, so let’s give your interviewer a great impression of how well you would fit into their company!
Step 1 – Do your research
Try and find out what the dress code is at the company that you are going to. Many different industries require different levels of formality in the dress code i.e. a trendy design agency is very unlikely to need you to wear a formal suit and tie. The dress will probably be a more relaxed shirt and trousers or even jeans. If in any doubt, err on side of caution if it is not clear what the dress code is – can always take off a jacket or tie, however it is not as easy to dress up.
Step 2- Keep it simple
We would always advise you to keep it simple. Solid neutral colours work really well over loud, bright patterns. The neutral colours we would advise are navy, white, grey and beige. They are more simple to coordinate and look more professional. Loud colours and patterns can be very distracting and the focus is often on your outfit rather than you and what you have to say. So, leave that cartoon tie for another day!
Step 3 – It’s all in the detail
The devil is in the detail as they say and this is very true of your interview outfit. A clean, tidy, ironed outfit, and shiny shoes is a must. Clean, brushed hair, clean nails, fresh breath, is also a must. If you are clean and well put together, you come across as disciplined and someone that takes pride in themselves. However much you love your perfume or aftershave, your interviewer may not share the same view, so go easy when you give yourself a final spritz!
If you need any further advice on what to wear for interview, do give our team a call – we are here to support you through the whole process whether it is what to wear, or what to ask at interview. Good Luck!