It’s true what they say, first impressions count, and this is so true when it comes to interview. We always stress the importance of preparing well for interview, swotting up on the company, job role and questions to ask at interview. However, if you don’t put the same amount of effort into what you wear for interview, it may just undo all your hard work. A general rule of thumb for interview dress is to err on the side of caution and go smarter rather than more casual – you can always remove your jacket to dress down if appropriate once there. Here are our top tips to dress for success…
Keep it professional
Dress should be professional and appropriate for the role that you are applying for – different industries will have different expectations of workwear. It might be worth finding out what the typical standard of dress is at the office that you are visiting for interview – your recruitment consultant can help you with this.
Keep it simple
Try and keep to simple colours and avoid loud clashing colours. Many people favour wearing neutral, solid colours of blues, greys, and white, so the attention is on what you’re saying not on your loud cartoon tie!
Keep it clean
If you show up for your interview neat, tidy and clean, it speaks volumes about you and how disciplined you appear to be. Clean shoes, neat tidy hair, fresh breath and ironed clean clothes all create a very positive first impression, showing that you are disciplined, organised and are serious about the role.
Keep it subtle
You may love your tattoos and piercings, but your prospective employer may not be as enamoured! It is advisable to cover tattoos and take out your piercings, unless of course you feel sure that it is in keeping with the relaxed style of the workplace. Also, less is more when it comes to aftershave or perfume – you may love the smell, but you run the risk of the interviewer taking a dislike to it so it is best to go easy!
We hope that this gives you some practical pointers on how to dress for interview success, however if you are unsure, please do ask your recruitment consultant who will be very happy to advise you.