According to Simon Jersey’s analysis of 2,000 women in the UK, the average woman spends more than 12 minutes per weekday morning deciding what to wear to work. This means that, on average, a woman spends five months of her life staring awkwardly at her wardrobe, pondering, “what should I wear?”
Don’t worry; if you have an interview coming up and aren’t sure what to wear – we’ve got you covered.
In most cases, we recommend dressing corporate or “smart casual” for an interview. Being overdressed is often preferable to being underdressed. After all, you get one chance to make a good first impression.
Here are our top 11 tips for dressing appropriately for your next interview:
Dress the part. If you’re interviewing at a corporate office, you can dress professionally. If you’re interviewing at a more laid-back business (like a start-up), you may be able to get away with wearing smart casual jeans and a shirt. You can still dress professionally, but you can probably get away with toning it down a notch.
Choose a relaxed outfit so that you won’t be tugging at it or creating distractions.
Clean and shine your shoes.
Don’t wear shoes that are too high that you struggle to walk in or cause discomfort.
Bring a clean and well-kept handbag.
Dress appropriately for the season. If it’s raining, the interviewer will understand if you arrive with a soaked umbrella. However, if your dress is soaked because you didn’t plan for the rainstorm, you’ll just look silly.
Don’t reveal too much – this means not showing too much leg, and please, put the ladies away up top.
Make sure your hair is well-groomed and styled in a way that prevents you from touching or playing with it.
Go easy on the makeup – a natural, professional look will look best.
Light jewellery can add a nice touch, but it shouldn’t be too chunky or distracting (or makes dangling sounds)
Lastly, don’t be afraid to wear some colour or add some personality to your outfit!
Posted at 8:47am on Saturday the 17th of April, 2021.