What to wear for your job interview

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First impressions are really important and can be the deciding factor in whether you get employed or not. An influence that ties right in to having a good first impression is what you wear for a job interview. You need to make sure that you wear appropriate clothing that is applicable to the role that you applying for. You also don’t want to under or over dress! With that in mind, here is some advice for what you should wear for a job interview, both for men and women!


>Make sure your shoes are clean/polished

Clean shoes are a lot more presentable than dirty shoes. Imagine if your leather black shoes were full of mud. They don’t have the same effect as polished black leather shoes!

>Keep facial hair to a minimum

It shows that you care for your appearance and it looks a lot more professional. A scruffy scraggly beard doesn’t look too great, either keep it trimmed and smart or don’t have one at all!

>Make sure your shirt is ironed

A creased shirt looks a lot scruffier than a nicely ironed shirt. Like many of the points on the list, this links to how you present yourself.

>Darker colours tend to be much smarter and appropriate

Put it this way, you wouldn’t turn up to a job interview wearing a pink suit, it’s not exactly appropriate. Wear black, navy or grey.

>Avoid wearing ties that are a bit ‘Out there’

You want the interviewers focus to be on what you are saying, not the 101 Dalmatians on your tie. A black tie goes well with most suits and is a safe option.


>Sensible height for heels

Two inches should be enough if you wear heels at all. It isn’t prom or a wedding, just be sensible about it. You can still be smart and not wear heels by the way.

>Don’t wear jewellery that is too extravagant

Similar to men wearing a wacky tie, you want the attention to be on what you are saying, not on some earrings that are bigger than your hands.

>Don’t wear clothing that is too revealing

For obvious reasons, you want to come across as professional, and arriving to a job interview wearing revealing clothing is a step in the opposite direction to coming across as professional.

>Black, navy, grey clothing

Again, like with the men, don’t turn up in a pink outfit. Be professional and don’t wear extravagant clothing that’s silly.

>Don’t wear skirts that are too short

This links in with not wearing clothing that is too revealing. You are there to get a job, you’re not on a night out!

Overall it is very important to consider what to wear for an interview. The way you come across links with a good first impression, and a good first impression massively increases your chances of getting that job or apprenticeship.