Choosing an outfit for a job interview can be a stressful experience. Your outfit should adhere to the type of business you are interviewing at and the level of the role you are interested in. It’s essential to research the company and dress code before the interview day.
Selecting the right outfit is crucial to making an excellent first impression. You need to look confident and professional while still showing a little bit of personality. Impress your employer by replicating the company’s dress code and demonstrating your suitability as a candidate. If you know someone at the company, don’t be afraid to ask them for advice on what to wear. You need all the help you can get!
Of course, your interview outfit depends on the type of company you are interviewing at. As a general rule, always wear clean neutral clothing to make an excellent first impression. If you are unsure of the company’s level of formality, dress up a little to make sure you don’t look too casual.
Here are a few tips on what to wear for your next big interview.
Dress conventionally for a business formal or business-casual interview. Opt for a dark coloured suit with minimal accessories and a blazer for extra coverage. If you prefer women’s skirts, make sure your skirt falls just below the knee and fits correctly. Keep your clothing in line with a natural colour palette, like black, grey, navy, white and khaki.
If you are interviewing at a business-casual interview, you can relax your outfit a little. Wear pressed slacks, a button-down shirt, cardigan or sweater to add a casual tone to your outfit. Jeans and dirty trainers are not acceptable for a business-casual interview. Try to match your handbag to your other leather accessories, like belts and shoes. Opt for low heels or leather flats with minimal jewellery to finish off the look.
You are far more likely to feel confident in an outfit if it feels like you. You can express personality in an interview outfit through brightly coloured shoes or jewellery. Please note, this is only appropriate for more casual interviews at start-up businesses, tech companies, boutique shops etc. Keep the rest of your outfit on the conservative side to keep the professional balance. A white blazer and colourful shoes are a great way to add a bold statement to any interview outfit.
If in doubt, ask the human resource manager at the company for advice on what to wear.