Interviews & Job Hunting / 23rd Jul 2014

Dos and don’ts when planning your interview outfit

Making a good first impression is crucial at an interview so ensuring you are dressed appropriately is a great way to start off in the right direction. Here are a few of our top tips to keep in mind for future reference.

It is important to do your research on the company because what you should wear is very much dependant on the type of company you are going to see. If it is a large corporate then smart and formal attire would be most suitable. However if it is a small /medium creative marketing or design agency, there will be room for flexibility here.  In first instance it is important to get a clear understanding of the company you are going to see. Visit their “About Us” or “Meet the Team” pages to get a feel of their values and company culture. Their social media pages can also provide a great insight into the company personality and if in doubt ask the advice from your recruitment consultant. Your recruiter will have invaluable client insight and information into the dress code which can make the difference between a second interview and a pleasant goodbye.

Avoid the following:

  • Clothing with creases, dog hair or stains from your lunch is a big no no. Ensure your outfit is clean and pressed for an up close inspection.
  • Ensure there are no bursting zips, buttons or too much flesh on show. A skirt below the knee and a well fitted shirt can attract the right attention.
  • Make an effort to ensure you hair is tidy and presentable. A freshly shaved face or smooth and styled hair can polish off your look and show the interviewers they can be proud to have you represent their brand.
  • Your briefcase or handbag must be well presented and organised. You don’t want to turn up with a casual and disorganised bag that needs to be emptied out onto the table in order to find your business card or pen!

Overall it is common sense to ensure you are presentable for an interview. As long as you have done your research on how smart your outfit needs to be, you will be on the right track. Also do not be afraid to include a splash of colour to your outfit. This can leave a lasting impression and show your personality in a positive way.

If you have any tips to share that have helped you in your interview outfit choices, please comment below.