What to Wear to an Interview

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You’ve nailed the CV stage and got your foot in the door. But what kind of foot is it? A scruffy trainer or a smart black shoe foot?

Dressing the part is key for any interview, you’ll want to make a great first impression while displaying the level of professionalism that your potential employer expects. So, what should you wear to an interview?

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Not had an interview recently? It might be time to replace that old (& slightly too small) suit and get some new garbs. It doesn’t need to cost you the earth – just the basics are required: a power suit or dress (or a nice blouse and skirt) as well as smart shoes. Also, make sure you know what you're going to wear in advance as there’s nothing worse than finding out your interview attire doesn't fit on the morning of the interview!

Interview attire

Suits

Women

Lots of interview clothing options are available for women – a suit, dress or even a blouse tucked into a pencil skirt. Keep the dress or skirt at a good length – nothing too long or short. A good rule of thumb is for your hemline to be right above the knee. You’ll also want to avoid loud or crazy patterns, instead opting for neutral colours and designs.

Pro tip: Cotton is preferable to linen, as it’s less likely to crease or wrinkle. Not having to worry about ironing the day of the interview is a definite plus!

Men

Men's interview attire is a bit more limited than ladies, but you can’t go wrong with a solid black, navy or charcoal suit, white shirt and tie.

You’ll also want to make sure the measurements are correct. If your suit is too big, get it tailored. If it’s too small, then bite the bullet and get a new one. Make sure it's not too baggy, nor too skinny fitting. There are plenty of great deals on the high street and a good suit also comes in handy for weddings and other formal occasions.

Pro-tip: Do that top button up.

Shoes

Smart shoes for the fellas – black, brown or maybe tan if you can pull it off. Remember to match the colour of your shoe to the colour of your belt for a coherent look.

Smart shoes

Flats or heels are fine for women, specifically loafers, kitten heels, stowable flats, ankle boots or pumps. If you do go with heels, our one addendum is that they shouldn’t be sky-high.

Haven’t bagged an interview yet? Then maybe it’s time to spruce up your CV!

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