One of the trickiest parts of preparing for a job interview can be deciding what to wear. You want to show your personality but at the same time show yourself as employable.
Whether you struggle with the ‘heels or flats’ debate, or, if you’re like me, how to be comfortable without wearing pyjamas, the interview outfit is a tricky one. We’re offering up 5 things to consider when dressing for that all-important interview.
1. DO show your personality
If you love colour, then don’t feel that you have to stick to a black and white palette if that isn’t you. Similarly, if you love print, then throw a floral in their subtly for good measure. You can incorporate your personal style into a professional wardrobe with slight nods to the things you love, whilst still keeping it work-appropriate. However if you, like me, love a sheer blouse, maybe throw a camisole underneath.
Fashion powerhouse Man Repeller wrote a piece about dressing for an interview in which they devised the perfect outfit that both showed creator Leandra Medine’s quirky personal style, but at the same time would not scare off potential employers.
2. DO keep it simple
Having said that you should show your personality, make sure you remember to give every look a professional tone. So even if you do love prints, then make sure you don’t wear 4 clashing prints, but rather keep it simple with a patterned suit or blouse. A work look should have a classic tone to it so that you show yourself as able to adapt to any working environment.
Editor and blogger Pandora Sykes told us that for her interview at The Sunday Times Style magazine, she kept it classic in a striped shirt and culottes. This shows her personal style in the subtle print of the shirt, but at the same time she kept it super simple.
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3. DO over dress
If you feel like your outfit is smarter than you would typically wear for an office environment, then you’re on the right track. Obviously you need to be comfortable, but that can be achieved without turning up in a leopard print onesie.
4. DO research the company
Reflect the company ethos in your outfit, so if you’re going for an interview somewhere slightly more casual than your typical office environment, then the over-dressing rule can be relaxed. Check out the company’s atmosphere if at all possible.
5. DON’T dress uncomfortably
Make sure your outfit is comfortable and practical for you. So if you don’t typically wear heels, don’t choose a job interview as one of the rare times you do – there are smart, flat options that are safer for you.
If you’re comfortable and confident in your outfit, this will show in how you hold yourself, and you won’t be distracted during the interview by being preoccupied with your dress.