What to Wear for A Job Interview – Best Practices

To quote a favourite joke “If the rule is to dress for the job you want, then why I am sat in HR dressed as Batman?” Yes, getting your clothing right for job interviews can be tricky. It used to be the case that just simply wearing your best suit would suffice for either a man or woman, but as companies have evolved getting the dress right is particularly tricky so we give you some handy tips.

Do Your Homework

As part of your background work on preparing for the interview do a little ‘research’ on the employees of your new company. See if there are any videos or pictures of the company’s employees on their website or Facebook page. This will give you great insight into what people are wearing at this company. This means that you can pick your clothing accordingly.

 

Overdressing

As a great rule of thumb, dress one level above what the employees wear on a day-to-day basis. If the employee’s dress is casual, then go for business casual. If the employee’s dress is business casual or formal, then you should break out that suit and dress up for the occasion.

You never want to underdress for your interview, you are trying to impress people.

 

Understand the Dress Code

 You need to know what the different dress codes are. This can be tricky if you have never worked in that business before.

Here is a quick guide:

  • Business Professional – This is still used in several industries, in particular, Law and Finance. This means Suits, with heels for women, or dress shoes for men.
  • Business Casual – For men, this means chinos or trousers, with a dress shirt, or polo shirt and smart shoes. For women, this is either a conservative dress or a blouse with a skirt or trousers and dress shoes or boots.
  • Casual – This is the hardest one to pull off, as you generally want to be presentable, but comfortable. You might want to up your dress for the interview and then drop down once you have the job. Jeans can work if they are smart.

 

Keep It Simple

The most important thing is to remember that you don’t want your clothing to distract the interviewer from your personality. So, avoid anything loud, garish or distracting. You don’t want to go extreme on the accessorising either. Keep jewellery to a minimum. Keep colours muted and avoid over complicated patterns.

 

Pay Attention To Detail

 The single best thing that you can do for an interview is to pay attention to the details. This means making sure that your clothing is clean and ironed. Your hair should be clean and washed and combed. Check that you don’t have spinach in your teeth from your morning breakfast. Make sure that any make-up you have on is simple and understated.

Pro tip: Consider taking a small grooming kit with you so that you can do some last-minute touch-ups before you go in.