Interview Wardrobe Tips

Aim to dress one level up from what you would expect to be wearing if you got the job. It hints at your desire to progress and succeed within their company. If in doubt, always go for a classic plain business suit. Both male and female versions come in all shapes and sizes and can be picked up relatively cheaply. Combined with a clean shirt and preferably a tie (for men), you're unlikely to feel out of place. Essentially, if you feel comfortable, you'll act comfortably which is vital in a pressurised interview situation. Here are some basic tips:

Not too casual - If you get the vibe that casual is OK then stay on the smart side of casual. Ripped jeans, threadbare t-shirts and scruffy trainers should all be left at home.

No headwear - Under no circumstances wear a cap, beanie or hoodie to an interview - you'll look like you've got something to hide. There are obvious religious and medical exceptions to the headwear rule.

No flashing - Although it may work in certain industries, cleavage and midriffs should be covered up for job interviews. You should be relying on your other assets to secure you the role.

Wacky ties - As hilarious as you think they are, your interviewer is unlikely to see you as a new fun addition to the team; instead seeing someone who is not serious about the job.

Don't accessorise too much - remember you want your interviewer to be concentrating on what you're saying, not the obscure purple brooch you're wearing.

Subtle make-up - It's best to steer clear of anything too outrageous.

Strong odours - Too much perfume or too little deodorant can both be big turn offs - as can cigarette smells - so make sure you smell nice, but neutral.

Facial hair - The old phrase "Never trust anyone with a beard" is pretty much rubbish nowadays, so feel free to go in with your usual fur. However, do make sure it's well trimmed and clean.

Piercings and tattoos - A contentious one but another feature that is increasingly common. We advise being as subtle as you can as not everyone is fond of body art!



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