What to wear at interview

April 21, 2016

job-interviewWhat to wear to an interview is one of the most frequently asked questions, even by senior people. Recruiters explain what is meant by ‘smart/ casual’, when you really shouldn’t wear a suit and for ladies, beware of low-cut tops that ‘flash too much flesh’. Wearing a suit at interview

isn’t always the best idea for a job interview. If you’re looking to work in a young, savvy start-up company, turning up suited and booted may put the interviewer off. Equally “flashing too much flesh” or showing too much cleavage,  if you’re a girl, can send all the wrong impressions.

Whether you like it or not, your personal appearance will be judged as an expression of who you are and your approach to your work. This does not mean that interviews are a beauty parade, they’re not. However, your clothes, hair, shoes etc will be viewed as indicators of your status, self-confidence, self-care and self-worth.

Interestingly enough, if you get the image right, it is likely to be noticed but not necessarily remarked upon. The recruiter will just feel that you “look right”. However, if you get it wrong, then it can be difficult or even impossible to overcome the employer’s negative preconceptions about you.

The right image is going to be one that helps the employer easily visualise you as one of their team and reassures them you could represent the company appropriately as a member of their staff. f you are unsure, you can always ask the Manager or HR what the company dress code is or see how people are dressed on their website or corporate literature.