Wearing the right interview outfit is key. The interviewer will create an opinion, whether positive or negative, based on your appearance and demeanour as soon as they meet you.The right outfit will also give you the confidence to answer the questions with conviction.
Regardless of the role, you should always choose something formal for the interview.
This doesn’t necessarily mean a suit every time, but just because you’ve seen people going in and out in jeans and trainers before doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dress your best for your interview.
Dressing for that all important interview is never simple, but here are our 5 top tips:
1. Comfort is good
Don’t choose anything that you haven’t worn before. While it might be tempting to buy a new outfit for the occasion, you don’t want a major wardrobe mishap. If you can’t resist buying something new, buy in advance and road test the outfit a few days before.
2. Confidence is key
If you own a smart dress or suit that you always get compliments in don’t be afraid to reach for an old favourite, but be careful that’s its appropriate. You’ll feel confident that you look good, meaning you can focus on the interview itself.
3. Black is boring
If black is your comfort blanket when it comes to clothes don’t shy away from it, but add a splash of colour to help you stand out. A printed shirt under a classic black jacket is a great interview outfit.
4. Smiling is winning
There really is no better accessory. Always, always start your interview with a big smile as you greet your interviewer, no matter how nervous you feel. It will make them instantly warm to you and start things off on a good note. Smile and nod at your interviewer as they are talking to you as well, you’ll keep the energy of the interview positive.
5. And never forget shoes
When your interviewer glances up and down at you as you arrive their gaze will finish on your shoes. Make sure they are clean. For ladies, never choose heels that you have trouble walking in – you don’t know how far you’ll have to walk through the building to the meeting room.
But there are many steps before deciding what to wear, check out other top tips at HIJOBS career advice to get to this all important stage.