How to dress for interviews is very important. Let’s face it if you turn up in jeans, shorts or grubby sneakers those first impressions won’t be any good. In fact even turning up disheveled or wearing outlandish outfits could potentially cost you the job!
First impressions really matter and are often lasting. It’s important that you present yourself in a good light. Your outfit choice is very important. Below are some tips on how to dress for interviews that will hopefully help you out and get you that job!
Casual dress is only ever suitable when you’re interviewing for charity work or a casual unpaid internship. For these interviews, it is likely that they won’t expect you to be dressed very formally, and will be more concerned with your personality, including your punctuality. Having said that first impressions need to be positive so while casual is ok, jeans are a no-no!
Some interviews may specify business-casual attire on the invitation. This may be because they have this dress code in the office or it may be for an assessment day where you are expected to be there all day and recruiters want you to feel comfortable. If you are unsure what to wear, it’s best to dress too formally rather than too casually to avoid giving off the wrong impression.
For formal interviews, you should adopt a professional look. These interviews could be in front of directors of the company for a graduate job or an internship. You want to look your best here; your appearance certainly counts, and with the high level of competition at this stage, you don’t want to fall at any hurdles.
Women’s Professional Interview Attire
- Solid colour suit or dress
- Coordinated blouse
- Moderate shoes
- Limited jewelry
- Portfolio or briefcase
Men’s Professional Interview Attire
- Solid colour suit like these men’s blue suits
- White long sleeve shirt
- Conservative tie
- Dark socks, professional shoes
- Very limited jewelry
- Neat, professional hairstyle
- Portfolio or briefcase
What to avoid
As we can see, the main thing to do is to make sure you feel comfortable in your outfit — it will show in the interview! However, there are a few things that you should avoid:
- Too much perfume or aftershave.
- Too much jewellery or makeup.
Other things to consider
Other tips to help with your interview include reviewing the job description, make sure you consider questions you can ask at the end of the interview and have try to prepare to all different types of questions you may be asked.