Interviews can be daunting, but knowing you have done everything you can to prepare will make all the difference. Dressing well is an easy way to make a good first impression and help you feel confident.
When planning your outfit it’s important to consider where you are interviewing. It’s no longer the norm to wear a suit for every interview. Researching the company’s culture on LinkedIn will help you decide how to dress. If they are based in a modern workshare, like us for example, a suit may not be necessary and we advise you aim for smart casual.
- Dress professionally, but also comfortably. Don’t wear something that will distract you from presenting yourself best.
- Make sure your clothes fit. We advise a cheap, tailored suit over a more expensive ill-fitting one.
- Too many designer brands can be off-putting – flaunting your wealth will not necessarily impress your interviewer.
- Tattoos are not as much of an issue as they once were. However, it’s still a good idea to keep them covered for an interview if possible.
- You can wear jewelry, but don’t be too outrageous. A simple necklace or chain and earrings are fine.
Tips for men
- Either wear a suit and polished shoes, or chinos and a shirt with smart leather shoes (not trainers).
- Wear a tie. Even if other people at the company don’t wear them, a tie can help you stand out. Bonus points if you wear one that matches the company’s brand colours.
- Keep your hair neat and face clean-shaven. If you have a beard make sure it’s kept tidy.
Tips for women
- Dress smart. This can be trousers, a skirt or a dress; but try not to dress for a night-out or wear anything too revealing.
- Feel free to wear heels, but nothing too drastic, you don’t need the stress of breaking a heel or falling on your way there.