What to wear to a job interview

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There are many ways to preapre for an interview including practicing interview questions, however, employers often make assumptions about a prospective candidate based on their appearance and so it is important to make your first impressions count. The majority of employers are looking for professionalism especially if the role involves meeting clients face to face.

Here are some tips on what to wear to a job interview:

Men

  • Suit. Wear either a black, dark grey or navy blue suit with a plain neutral coloured shirt.
  • Tie. Select a tie that is appropriate for the occasion. Conservative is preferable to bold - a Homer Simpson tie may be fun but it will not convey the right message to an interviewer.
  • Shoes. Polished shoes are the types of small details that employers look for.
  • Jewellery. Take out earrings and any excessive jewellery.
  • Grooming. Clean-shaven or a well-trimmed beard or moustache, clean nails and tidy hair are all essential to creating the right impression.
  • Carry Cases. It is advised to take a copy of your CV and any certificates, if required, to your interview in a smart brief case or simple folder. Carrying loose pieces of paper or a plastic bag does not indicate to the interviewer that you are fully prepared.

Women

  • Suit. Safe bets are always suits (skirt or trousers) with a neutral coloured blouse. If wearing a suit with a skirt make sure that the skirt is of an appropriate length.
  • Jewellery. Try to keep the accessories to a minimum. You want your interviewer to be concentrating on what you are saying and not being distracted by an unusual broach…
  • Make-up. Your make-up should be subtle. Apply just enough foundation, eye shadow, mascara, and powder to feel confident, but don't overdo it.
  • Carry Cases. It is advised to take a copy of your CV and any certificates if required to your interview in a smart brief case or simple folder. Carrying loose pieces of paper or a plastic bag does not indicate to the interviewer that you are fully prepared.

 

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