Interviews can be extremely stressful and there is often a lot riding on how well you perform. The higher up the work ladder you go, the more important an interview is likely to be. After all, interviewing for a senior executive position with a global company will be a very different experience from interviewing for a local burger franchise.
Whilst your communication skills and cognitive abilities are most important in an interview, personal appearance matters more than you might expect. You only have one chance to make a good impression, so if you really want this position, it’s time to really push the boat out.
Dress to Suit the Job
The type of job you are going for will dictate what you wear for the interview. For example, the tech industry is well-known for being low key and unless you are interviewing for a position as an executive assistant or director, you can probably get away with being more relaxed with your outfit. Indeed, some tech startups would consider a suit and tie a mark against you!
Check out the company in question to see what kind of workplace vibe they promote. Don’t assume they want all employees to dress down. Chances are, if you are interviewing for a customer-facing role, you’ll need to dress up.
Remember, the higher the position, the more likely it is you will need to dress up.
Smart and Professional
The key words to bear in mind when dressing for an interview are smart and professional. An interview is not a date and you are not trying to catch the eye of your interviewer. Do not make the mistake of wearing overly revealing clothing or being too relaxed (unless the company vibe indicates that’s OK).
Suits are a go-to interview outfit for both men and women. A smart suit tells the interviewer you are professional and comfortable in any role. The more expensive the suit, the better, but the overriding concern should be that each garment fits perfectly.
This is not a good time to borrow a suit from your cousin who happens to be five inches taller and a lot skinnier.
Men should always wear a suit for an interview but women have more freedom. A woman can look just as smart if she wears a tailored skirt or trousers with a well-cut shirt or blouse. Whilst a suit is desirable, as long as you pick a suitable item of outerwear, a suit jacket is not necessarily essential. You can dress up your outfit with any number of accessories.
Accessorise Your Outfit
Accessories can make or break an outfit, whether you are attending an interview or going on a date. A general rule of thumb is to keep it discrete. Now is not the time to go all out on bling, so keep your diamond chokers and ruby earrings locked up safely with the other family jewels.
One or two nice accessories is enough to lift your outfit and possibly provide a talking point in the interview.
For example, men can make a great impression if they wear a nice designer watch. Rolex has some excellent watches in their range and it’s no wonder the Rolex Datejust is loved by businessmen all over the world. If you’re in the market for a new watch, Chronext sells new and vintage designer watches by Rolex and other luxury brands. All purchases are pre-certified so the authenticity of the watch is guaranteed.
A designer watch is also a great accessory for women, but other items worth considering include a pretty scarf, an unusual but discreet necklace, and some classic diamond earrings.
Remember, the aim is to look stylish and classy at all times.
Don’t neglect your footwear when dressing for an important interview. Shoes should never be an afterthought. When you sit in front of an interviewer, they’ll have a great view of your shoes, so you should make sure your footwear is suitable for the outfit you have chosen, polished and in good condition.
Heels are always a good choice for the ladies, but only if you are comfortable wearing heels. Stick to low kitten heels if you are not great at walking in heels. Falling over as you enter the interview room is guaranteed to knock your confidence to the point where you might not recover.
Men should choose shoes that match their outfit. Black oxfords or loafers in brown or black, depending on your suit colour, are the best choice. Avoid wearing ankle boots or shoes with thick soles, as they are not the right look for an important interview.
Test Your Outfit Before the Big Day
Finally, always check your outfit before the big day. You may need time to get a garment dry cleaned if it’s been worn before!