When gearing up for a job interview, many of us worry about what we are going to say and what kinds of things we will be asked. However, in the days leading up to the interview, before any other preparations can take place, there is an even bigger problem â€“ what on earth will you wear?
It may sound unimportant, but what you wear to a job interview can have a big impact on how you feel, as well as your state of mind and your confidence when you walk through the door and shake hands with your interviewer.
Your appearance also plays a part in how your prospective employers see you. If you are smart, well and appropriately dressed, the impression is likely to be a better one than if you turned up in super-high heels that you can’t walk in, a stain on your top and messy, flyaway hair.
It takes careful planning to find the perfect job interview outfit. You might, however, find these simple tips useful:
- Avoid the temptation to overdress. People might tell you that you can never look too smart for a job interview, but this isn’t strictly true. It is easy to overdo it and turn up in a full suit, hair in a bun and your highest heels, but you are likely to feel uncomfortable on the day, especially if you see other candidates dressed less formally. You need to gauge the ethos of the company and the industry you will be working in when you choose an outfit. Better still, why not be brave and ring up to find out what you are expected to wear to the interview?
- Give the outfit a test-run. One of the worst things about choosing clothes for an interview is finding out on the way to the venue that your heels absolutely kill your feet or your skirt sticks to your tights and rides up when you walk. This will make you look and feel uncomfortable and flustered, so why not put on the intended outfit and go on a similar journey as on the day of the interview to test it out? You can spot any problems ahead of time and come up with another option.
- Get smart-casual spot-on. If you are unsure about how formal the dress code is, the best option is to go for smart-casual. This doesn’t mean wearing a T-shirt with a pair of black trousers or a maxi dress with a blazer, however. There are plenty of maxi dresses options and plain tee and suit combinations that would work for an average work day, but they just won’t do for a job interview. Instead, choose a smart top, such as a cardigan with a scalloped collar or a crisp white blouse with a ruffle detail. Pair this with a pair of bootcut trousers, making sure they are the right length, and heels you can walk in. Then, you can dress your look up or down using accessories.