What to wear to an interview
It’s often said that a hiring decision can be made within the first few seconds of an interview, making a good first impression can have a big impact on your chances of success.
wearing your sharpest suit isn’t always the best option.
1. Find out what your interviewers will be wearing
Find out what’s appropriate by looking at what employees are wearing in their LinkedIn profile photos and checking out what people are wearing on the company’s ‘About us’ page.
2. Don’t wear a brand-new outfit
Interview clothes should make you feel confident and comfortable. If you find that people at the company wear a variety of things,or that the dress code is casual, wear something you’ve always felt confident and comfortable in.
3. Keep it cohesive
Always avoid wearing any more than two or three different colours. This is the easiest way to make an outfit cohesive.
4. Iron out all the details
The devil’s in the details, so polish your shoes, make sure your nails are neat, iron your shirt and trousers, and keep perfume and makeup to a minimum.
The outfit that works for (almost) every interview
A crisp white button-down shirt; chinos; brogues or boots; and a textured blazer in case the A/C is on high or you feel too casual. Wear your smartest coat on top.
Why this works: By sticking to simple basics, you’ll ensure your interviewer focuses on you, not your clothes. This outfit is classic and mature, and shows more personality than a suit.
A blouse in a block colour or a crisp white shirt; dark skinny jeans or cigarette pants; brogues or loafers; and your contingency layer of choice, like a well-tailored blazer in a boyfriend style or with a nipped-in waist (and in a different colour to your trousers).
For the shirt, choose whatever fabric makes you most comfortable. Crisp white cotton is timeless, and silk or chiffon can be more flattering if you’re curvier.
Why this works: It’s simple, refined, and not distracting. Combining separates shows some personality, but the tailored jacket looks professional.