At a job interview you will be judged on your appearance. It is a sad but true reality. So make sure what you wear showcases YOU in the best possible light. Don’t be afraid to stand out, but DO always look smart and professional.
Here’s what you need to consider when dressing for job interviews, whichever industry you are trying to break into. And don’t forget to do the poll at the end to see what everyone else thinks!
1. Inject some personality
Interviewing for a role in a creative industry, for example a job in fashion, journalism or design? It is important to reveal your personality in what you wear. Choose something smart, but add quirky accessories or unique touches to your outfit to show that you have a creative flair. Try a brooch pinned to your blazer or a bright scarf. Want to err on the safer side? A statement shoe can do wonders for lifting a plain outfit. Try these Aquazzura heels, £415, or these similar ones from Office, £68.
2. Look polished
Industry: Law or finance
If your career path of choice is law or finance, you need to dress in a very smart and professional way. Tailoring is everything – nothing looks worse than an ill-fitting suit. Bag yourself the job by looking as polished as possible. You can’t go wrong with a skirt suit. Next currently have a really good range of suits for women that are stylish but still stick to the dress code expected of more formal office environments.
3. Tone it down
Industry: Medicine or healthcare
For these industries you will need to show yourself to be very groomed but natural-looking. Keep nails neat but polish-free, and wear minimal make-up. If you do want some coverage try Bare Minerals‘s foundation for a more subtle, blended look. Tailored trousers are a must, and Ted Baker have some lovely cuts this season, including these wool ones, £129.
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4. Added dimension
Industry: A client-facing role
For this type of industry you need to dress in a smart and respectable way. This doesn’t need to be boring though! Add a sparkly statement necklace for an added dimension to your otherwise plain look. This Zara one, £19.99, is the perfect balance between elegant and edgy.