Whether we like it or not, we are judged to some extent on our appearance when attending a job interview. You may be the best person for the job, but until the recruiter gets to know you more, all they have is a few minutes to make decisions on what they see on paper and in the flesh, so the right clothing is an important part of that first impression.
Here is our fail-safe guide to getting it right.
Prepare in advance so you know exactly what you are wearing and how you feel wearing it. You want to feel comfortable, know that it fits well. Baggy clothes or extra tight won’t do anyone any favors, so don’t leave it until the last minute to try it on in case something needs to be changed.
Dress professionally and appropriately. For instance, you would want to wear a suit for an interview for a corporate position, but you would not want to wear a suit to an interview for a childcare position. Find out what others are wearing in the same role and dress accordingly, ensuring you feel comfortable and confident in your chosen outfit.
Always be crease-free. You could be wearing the most appropriate outfit for the interview, but if it looks wrinkled and just thrown-on, it signals to recruiters like you were not prepared, or you didn’t care too much, or that is how you would be turning up to work every day. These are all things that shouldn’t have a chance of running through a recruiter’s mind, especially if none of them are true.
Clean smart shoes. Don’t ruin all your hard work with the outfit by choosing shoes that either distract you by being uncomfortable or distract recruiters by being dirty or inappropriate for the interview. Your footwear depends on the type of position you are seeking, so, whichever pair you choose, ensure they both look clean and make you feel confident.
Avoid distracting clothing and accessories. Since you probably only have a short time to make recruiters see your value, it’s a good idea to make that time focused on exactly that. When you speak, you want the recruiters to be engaged and listening, not distracted by a bright pattern tie or jangly bracelets. Keep accessories and jewelry to a minimum.
These are simple steps that can go a long way in an interview. Now the outfit is sorted, why not browse some of our other 12 top job interview tips?