First impressions are important – your interview outfit can signal an eye for detail, your confidence levels, and even whether you are a good fit for the organisation. You need to choose wisely and wear an outfit that’s suitable for the company and the type of interview you’re attending. Here are some helpful hints to give you the best chance.
Business Professional Meeting
For male : A classic business suit is the expected attire for more formal or traditional organisations. Stick to neutral colours and a plain shirt.
For Female : Choose from a suit or a dress and blazer combination to project the right image – plain fabrics and muted tones are best.
Business Casual Meeting
For Female : Wear a blouse with jeans or trousers, or a plain dress for a slightly more casual but professional look
For Male : Pair your shirt with chinos or dark jeans for relaxed business look – you can choose from a more varied colour palette than the more professional look.
Start Ups & Creatives Meeting
For Male : A polo shirt or casual shirt with jeans is absolutely fine for start-ups and roles that aren’t client-facing, but avoid large logos or slogans.
For Female : A wrap dress or tunic with leggings is perfect for an interview in a slightly more creative environment.
Top 10 tips for best dress code for an interview
- Avoid too much perfume or aftershave, but you may want to have a breath mint just before you go into the building.
- Wear clothes that you’re comfortable in – new shoes or a scratchy shirt can affect your body language.
- Make sure your outfit is suitable for the journey and weather conditions too, so you arrive looking your best.
- Avoid pale denim if you’re wearing jeans – dark or black is generally seen as more business appropriate, even in more informal environments.
- Bring a folder or briefcase if you have documents or a CV to review.
- you’re wearing jeans – dark or black is generally seen as more business appropriate, even in more informal environments. If you’re not sure how formal to look, err on the side of caution, It’s better to be overdressed at an interview than underdressed.
- Avoid things that detract from your personality and expertise – you want your interviewer to remember what you say, rather than your earrings or tie.
- If your interview involves a presentation, make sure you’re comfortable standing up and moving around in your outfit without it becoming a distraction.
- Unless you’re applying for a very creative job, classic is generally best; black or nude tights, plain shoes, and discreet accessories/jewellery.
- You can generally dress slightly less formally for the second interview than the first, but still make sure your attire matches the organisation.
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