Don’t let a poor wardrobe choice ruin your chances of landing your dream job! Though, as the age old saying goes, you should never judge a book by its cover, first impressions are largely formed on the basis of how somebody chooses to present themselves.
Obviously your skills and experience are paramount in your success at a job interview, but it is certainly worth taking the time to put together an outfit that tells your prospective employer that you are professional and take pride in the way that you portray yourself.
Knowing what to wear isn’t always simple and it may vary from industry to industry, however there are a few things you can keep in mind when selecting your interview oufit.
Dress for the job
Dress codes can differ between companies and industries and whereas some businsesses stick to formal workwear, others take a much more casual approach. Contrary to popular belief, a suit may not always be necessary for your interview. If you’ve applied for a job in fashion or another creative industry for instance, making a bit of statement with your outfit could work to your advantage.
It’s better to be over dressed than under dressed
Some companies offer a bit of an insight into their company culture on their website career page, or even on social media, so a bit of research can help you to make a judgement about how to dress. If you are unsure about the appropriate etiquette, it is always safer to eer on the side of caution and present yourself as smartly as possible. The best rule to follow is to dress one notch above what you would usually wear for work.
Don’t be afraid of colour
A lot of people automatically gravitate towards black and white when they are dressing for an interview, but there is not need to be afraid of adding some colour to your look! Your choice of outfit can say a lot about you as a person and that’s exactly what employers are looking to learn in an interview. I’m not saying you should go wild and don a Hawaiian shirt, or something of the sort, but incorporating splash of colour can help you to stand out and express your personality. A coloured blouse, or tie should do the trick!
Don’t neglect your footwear
People often leave their shoes as a bit of an afterthought, but they can be just as central to your look, as your clothing. The most important thing is to make sure that they are clean and in a good condition. Avoid wearing anything that you struggle to walk in, as you don’t know how far you may have to walk to the meeting room.
Make sure that you have tried on your outfit ahead of your interview, as the last thing you need is to wake up in the morning and find it doesn’t fit properly. Choose something that is comfortable and the more relaxed you feel, the more you will be yourself and be able to concentrate on how you answer your interviewer’s questions. You may also want to consider the weather and time of the year when choosing your outfit, as a job interview can have you feeling flustered on its own, without the addition of a wooly jumper on a sunny day!
Add some understated accessories
Don’t underestimate the power of accessorising! Your finishing touches can add personality to your outfit, while keeping your attire conservative and interview appropriate. Try not to go over the top, as a smart tie, or a chic bag could be all it takes to give your look an instant upgrade.