...And what’s a better way to do that than by dressing for the job you’re applying for? Dressing snappy can show the interviewer that you’re serious about the job, and at the same time, good at presenting yourself. Choosing the right outfit, though, isn’t all that easy. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula on what to wear for YOUR job interview. Because of this, it’s easy to get it wrong: You might end up overdressed, for example, in a snappy suit-and-tie when the interviewer is wearing shorts and a t-shirt. Or worse - you go to the interview with your home sweats and sneakers to face a stern-looking interviewer in an expensive suit. Want to always dress on-point, and leave a memorable first impression? We’re going to teach you how to dress on-point for every single job interview. We’re going to cover:
- 6 essential interview attire tips
- What to wear on an interview for men
- What to wear on an interview for women
- Bonus: Infographic
6 Essential Interview Attire Tips
Find out what’s the dress code at the companyIf you’re struggling to figure out what to wear for the job interview, you can always make a little investigation for yourself. Find what’s the company culture and what people wear on a typical day at the office. This way, you can choose clothes that fit in with the organisation’s style. To do that, you can check the company’s social media pages or website and go through its pictures. What are people wearing there? Are you left with the impression that the company is professional, casual, or something in between? Or, if you know someone working at the company, you can just ask them directly about the dress code.
Dress for the jobSome job positions require you to be more representable than others. For example, you might be applying for a C-level position at a company with a more informal dress code where everyone wears sweats on a regular working day. But for the interview, you still want to dress to impress. After all, the first impression is just as important as how well you answer the interview questions. This shows you know very well the role you’re applying for and its duties. So, getting this one right is always a good start.
Try on your outfit a few days before the interviewNot trying on your interview outfit for more than a week, or even worse, choosing what to wear on the day of the interview is a very bad idea. This way, you risk bumping into a lot of unexpected wardrobe malfunctions. Trying to clean a stain, get rid of wrinkles, or finding a replacement for that one missing button you forgot about, is almost impossible if you have to do it at the last minute. So to avoid making the interview more stressful than it already is, make sure to put on your clothes for a quick checkup 1-2 days before the interview. This way, you can eliminate any outfit emergencies beforehand, unlike other unpredictable interview situations.
Be careful with your accessory choiceIf you like expressing yourself through your jewellery, makeup, hairstyle, or other accessories, you might want to tone it down for the job interview. Colours that are too bright or bracelets and necklaces that cling together and distract your interviewer from what you have to say can only work against you. The same rule applies when it comes to choosing a belt, tie, briefcase, or a bag. Make sure they’re simplistic and in the neutral colour range. This way, you become the centre of attention and the hiring manager can concentrate on your words and not your fashion sense. Another thing to keep in mind is your perfume choice. We recommend either keeping it very subtle or not using it at all. You never know if your interviewer might have an allergy!
Make sure you feel comfortableWhen you decide on your interview attire, always choose comfort over fashion. Being comfortable in your clothes will boost your confidence and you will perform much better during the interview. Wearing leather pants or high heels that give you blisters will only make you feel uneasy and distracted. And if the clothes make you fidget all the time, it will be obvious to the interviewer too that there’s something wrong.
Run a final checkRight before you enter the office to meet your interviewer, go through one last check just to make sure everything looks alright. Are there any stains? Wrinkles? Is the hair on point? Nothing stuck in your teeth? Great! Now that you look and feel confident, all you have to do is get in there, make a good first impression and show you’re truly interested in the job offer. But that’s much easier now, as you made sure to prepare and prevent any unwanted surprises.
What to Wear on an Interview For Men
Suit & TieSuit & Tie is the classical interview attire choice for men. If you’re being interviewed for a senior role in management, or just at a company with a strict dress code (Banking, Law Firm, etc.), Suite & Tie is the best choice. If you don’t want to wear a generic black suit and white shirt under, you can go for a grey suit and light blue shirt. Or you can be creative and put a cardigan or sweater underneath (as long as it’s not +40° outside, anyway).
A Sweater & a Button-DownIf the company you’re applying for has a more business-casual dress code, you won’t go wrong with a sweater with a button-down shirt underneath. You can choose a neutral colour for the sweater like grey, brown or black since these match with shirts of just about any colour. You can pair the sweater/shirt combo with khakis, chinos or dress pants if you want to be a bit more formal.
Light Coloured Jacket & PantsIf a suit & tie is too official but a sweater and a button-down are too casual, there’s a middle ground between the two! A light-coloured jacket or a blazer is less formal than a black suit coat but it still has a very stylish feel to it. You can always go for a khaki jacket, a shirt underneath, and a pair of dress pants. Pro Tip
The jacket helps keep your options open. If you enter the interview and see that you’re a bit overdressed, just take off the jacket and throw it over your shoulder.