If you read clothing guides on what to wear to a job interview, you will most likely be told to wear a suit/skirt for the best chance of interview success.
However, it is as simple as that. Progressively more and more employers are allowing casual dress – especially in the creative industries. Yet in saying that, you would not want to turn up for an interview dressed in a t-shirt and runners (no matter how casual the dress code is).
To add to the confusion further, dress codes are often cultural. They shift with the seasons and change over time. Therefore, the best way you can resolve your interview attire dilemma is to simply ask the interviewer beforehand.
Email or call the employer’s HR manager before your interview and ask them about the appropriate dress code for the interview. It is a simple strategy and can help you avoid overdressing or underdressing and will do wonders for your confidence going right into the interview.
You may also wish to do some company research on LinkedIn or Facebook. Check out the employer profiles and office photos to see how they dress and present themselves.
General guidelines for what to wear to an interview
ASTAR Recruitment has prepared 8 key points to help you decide what to wear to a job interview. Please note that this is a guide only.
- Interview preparation should include getting your interview attire laid out and ready the night before. Make sure everything is clean and ironed as ti will make you look professional.
- Wear colours that suit you and choose breathable fabrics that will keep you cool and dry.
- For women, avoid clothes that are too revealing and keep heels at a sensible height.
- Avoid shoes that squeak, overly patterned outfits and shiny suits
- It is about more than your clothes. Make sure that you are well groomed overall, with fresh breath, clean hair and fingernails.
- Avoid covering yourself in perfume or aftershave. Less is more in this department!
- Bear in mind that flashy jewelry can be distracting.
- Express yourself and be you! Especially if the role is partly about who you are as a ‘brand’. Avoid clothing styles that are too ‘out there’ as they could distract, alienate or confuse your employer.