Wearing the right outfit on the day of your interview won’t automatically guarantee you the job, but it will make the right first impression, and nudge things along in the right direction. After all, your dress code is part of your nonverbal communication. Getting wrong can be a big interview fail.
While there are no hard and fast rules, the winning outfit should be simple, sophisticated, comfortable and something that makes you feel like yourself. Do a bit of research and get a feel of the office. Are they a big corporate setup that is a bit more formal? Or are you interviewing with a startup that is more relaxed about dress codes? Hit up a friend or acquaintance working there to help you make your outfit choice.
But if you’re still struggling with ideas? Look at these tips:
1. You can never go wrong with a crisp white shirt and a simple statement necklace. For a winning combination, pair this with skinny trousers in black or navy. And because people care about your shoe choice – neutral coloured block heels or kitten heels would be the sensible and sophisticated choice.
2. A knee length shift black dress is another winner. Navy, beige and white also work perfectly fine. Add a splash of colour to the outfit with a scarf or opt for a bag or shoes that pop. 3. If you’re a lover of all things branded, consider toning it down for the interview – you don’t want your interviewer forming an opinion about you based on your Guccis and Pradas. 4. This is less talked about, but your hair and makeup is just as important when it comes to making the right impression. Nothing is more distracting than someone who has hair on their face or lipstick on their teeth. On a good hair day, feel free to let it loose, if not a low bun or a sleek pony are your BFFs. 5. Style and making the right impression aren’t limited to your outfit choices. Pay attention to the accessories you take along with you. This could be anything from your laptop bag to your pen and notebook and all of it has to look tidy and professional.
1. Dark, sober colours are the traditional choices for men, but increasingly white and light-coloured shirts are making their way into conference rooms. Our only advice is to avoid linen because of how easily it creases.
2. Ties aren’t mandatory but If you’re interviewing for a high-profile role in a big corporate company, opt for a striped or small dotted tie.
3. Too much or too little perfume can both be big turn-offs, it’s important to smell nice, but neutral.
4. As a rule, avoid jeans, trainers and t-shirts when you go for an interview.