What to Wear to a Job Interview

When it comes to finding a job, professionalism is key. This applies to both how you act and what you wear during the interview stage of the process. Showing that you put time and effort into how you look lets the employer know you’re serious about the role at hand, so suit up and give it your best (AND most stylish) shot!

The Basics

If you haven’t been to an interview in a while, it might be time to throw out that ill-fitting suit and to replenish your career wardrobe. Make sure you have all the essentials – that is, a power suit or dress (or a nice blouse and skirt) as well as smart shoes. Remember: preparation is key. You don’t want the big day to roll around only to have nothing to wear!

Suit

Women

Luckily you have a number of options available to you. You could either wear a suit, dress, or blouse tucked into a pencil skirt. Make sure your dress or skirt isn’t too short or too long – 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 and to invest in neutrals.

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!

women interview outfit

Men

Unfortunately you’re a bit more limited in what you can wear, but that shouldn’t stop you from looking good! Similar to the above, you want to avoid loud or garish prints or ties. A single breasted cotton suit in black, navy or grey matched with a smart pair of shoes is always a good look.

You’ll also want to make sure the measurements are correct. A short pant leg is a huge fashion faux pas. If your suit is too big, get it tailored. If it’s too small, then bite the bullet and get a new one.

Pro-tip: Suits come in different types of cuts (e.g. English, Italian, American). We find the English cut to be more interview-appropriate, though this can be determined by how you decide to style it. You should match it with a plain, white shirt and a single-coloured tie, (but feel free to experiment with different colours if you’re going for a more creative role!)

fitted suit

Shoes

Wear shoes that are comfortable but look smart. 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. Men can wear loafers, the double or single monkstrap, a Chelsea boot or classic Oxford, as well as wingtips.

shoes interview

Hair

Make sure you’re well-groomed for the interview. For men, that means shaving your five o’ clock shadow. If you have a beard and would like to keep it, just make sure it’s trimmed and well-kempt. Women can have their hair up or down, there generally isn’t a preference so long as it’s neat and tidy!

Make sure your hair doesn’t look like this!

Do…

  • Get your suit tailored if necessary.
  • Iron your outfit if it’s linen.
  • Practice good-hygiene.
  • Wear minimal (or no) jewelry.
  • Wear natural-looking makeup.

Don’t…

  • Wear anything too short (or to low).
  • Avoid loud or crazy patterns – neutrals are usually a safe bet.
  • Don’t wear T-shirts, jeans or trainers.

 

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

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