A successful interview is the result of many key ingredients, one being your outfit. What you wear is an important representation of who you are and the message you’d like to portray to the interviewer. Follow these tips to increase your chances of getting hired.
For the ladies
Keep it professional. If it’s suitable for a club, don’t wear it to the interview.
Pants and skirts. Make sure your pants or skirt is well-tailored to you, not too tight and not baggy. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive of the lot, but the fit must be right.
Keep it conservative. Your skirt should cover your thighs when you sit and be knee-length when you stand. This will convey a professional attitude. Avoid high slits, but small centre back slits are appropriate.
Colours. You want to stick to safe, classic colours like navy, dark grey, brown and black. If you really want to add more colour, do it with a necklace or earrings.
Keep hair and make-up simple. In this case less really is more so keep make-up conservative and hair clean and neat. Avoid long nails that are coated in polish.
For the men
Suit up. A suit is still the best way to make a good impression. If you don’t own one, dark blue jeans with a stylish shirt and blazer will do. Your suit or outfit does not need to cost the same as the one the boss is wearing; as long as it’s good quality.
Go for classic tones. Again, classic colours are best for an interview. Navy, dark grey or black are all great colours for an interview.
Shirts and belts. Your shirt should preferably be long-sleeved white, thin stripes or blue. Avoid shirts that are colourful or very busy. The belt you wear should not be studded – keep it plain and make sure it matches your shoes.
Leave the bling at home. No earrings, rings or bold gold chains. A stylish, professional watch is allowed.
Don’t be a hairy Harry. Keep facial hair well-groomed or do a clean shave for your interview. Not everyone is in favour of your mighty beard so leave that for another day.
Top tip! Even if you know the company is not very corporate, it’s important to dress to a high standard, at least in the interview stages. You’re going for a business meeting, not on a date so remember to look your best. Not only is it a compliment to your interviewer, but you’ll automatically feel more confident and ready to tackle your interview.