1. Don’t be too ‘out there’
- I know – you’re supposed to ‘stand out’ at an interview.
- But dressing outlandishly is probably not the best way to do it, especially if you can’t back it up with any real substance – often it just comes across that you’re trying a little too hard to be different.
- Instead, wow us with your intellect, passion and interesting personality.
2. Don’t be too boring
- This is where you have to strike a balance.
- You don’t want to come across too weird and wacky, but you also don’t want to look like you’ve got no personality whatsoever. You can jazz up any outfit with a splash of color to accessories or your tie or socks.
- But again – don’t go too far (no purple suits).
3. Make sure you are comfortable
- Interviews are nerve-racking enough; is it really a good idea to add the strain of an ill-fitting and restrictive outfit into the mix?
- Rigid suits, overly tight pencil skirts and itchy jumpers are all common sources of discomfort. It’s guaranteed to show in your body language in the form of fidgeting, stiffness and/or visible frustration.
4. Especially your shoes
- I know I’ve already talked about comfort, but shoes really do deserve their own section.
- Ladies; just don’t do it to yourself!
- Your new 6 inch heels may look fabulous but tottering about and falling over do not.
- Basically, just don’t wear anything that you don’t feel comfortable or able to walk in.
- Flats are also absolutely fine.
5. Make sure everything is neat and clean
- Always make sure your outfit is ready a couple of days before your interview – just in case. You don’t want to wake up on the morning to find an unwashed, crinkled up shirt and scuffed shoes.
- Your outfit should be clean (obviously), ironed and removed of all fluff – NO HOLES.
- Your shoes should be polished.
6. Don’t overdo the fragrance
- Try not to overdo it on the aftershave and/or perfume – there is (definitely) such a thing as too much.
- A couple of spritzes should do the trick – you don’t want to suffocate interviewers in a small room.
7. Be wary of jewelry and/or tattoos
- It is fine to wear some sort of accessory during an interview – just don’t overdo it. (Do you really need a ring on every finger?!)
- You should also be aware that some employers will be put off by visible tattoos and piercings (like nose, lip and tongue).
- It may not be right, but unfortunately, it’s true.
8. Get grooming
- I’m not going to tell you how you should wear your hair, how much gel to apply and whether you should wear make-up or not. Just make sure your overall appearance comes across professional and tidy.
- Your hair should definitely be neat and your nails should NEVER be dirty!
9. Never, ever, ever…
- …wear jeans, trainers, a t-shirt or (goodness forbid) any sort of tracksuit.
- (Or a clown suit, for that matter).
10. Play it safe, suit up
- The safest outfit you can wear for an interview is a suit.
- Think about it; if you underdress, you might look sloppy, indifferent or even lazy.
- If you overdress, your interviewer will know that it’s just a part of the normal, interview protocol – in fact, that it’s etiquette. You can always jazz things up with the tips we’ve given above (nice accessories, a different color, patterns) – but sometimes it’s just best to keep it simple.
- We’re interested in your personality – let that shine through.