What to wear to an interview

March 17, 2017 | Help & Advice

What to wear to an interview

So your prep for your interview is almost complete; you’ve done your research on the company, you’ve planned your route for the big day and then the outfit decisions strike! You could do all the prep and practice in the world but first impressions really do count so it’s time to think: what should you wear to an interview?

Plan, plan, plan

Now by this stage, you’ll be an expert in planning; you’ll have all of your interview questions and answers rehearsed, (you may have even been practicing your handshake!), so your outfit is no different. The last thing you want to be doing is popping to the local supermarket on the morning of your interview because you’ve noticed your trusty go-to trousers have finally let you down and have a huge hole in them! So prepare your outfit in plenty of time. Make sure your outfit is laundered and pressed and be sure to try the whole outfit on so you know everything goes nicely together! Plus, the more organised you are ahead of time, the more relaxed can will be on the big day with not a fluster in sight!

If you’re really not sure what to wear and you’re thinking “HELP!” then it is worth remembering that being over-dressed will always trump being under-dressed. Most office environments will usually adhere to a smart office wear dress code (unless it’s a special occasion of course!), whereas there is room for a little flexibility if you’re going for a more creative role, for example. In the instance that you’re being interviewed for a creative role then there is room to show off your individuality. The key here is to do your research on the company or speak with your Recruitment Consultant (if you’re working with an agency) to figure out the best outfit option for you!

Overall, a good suit, whether trouser or skirt, is a good go-to outfit for almost any interview; it shows you’ve made an effort and are the smart, sophisticated candidate you claim to be! Plus, we all know that if you look good, you feel good! You’ll be feeling confident, which again, is a good first impression to make. So, opt for things such as crisp shirts or blouses, blazers, ties, tailored trousers and smart shoes (try to stick to colours such as black, grey or navy rather than hot pink and jazzy patterns for your first interview) and you’ll be on to a winner!

Finishing touches

Whilst your outfit is a biggie, don’t forget about the finer details! Things such as unpolished shoes, an untucked shirt, chipped nail polish and unkempt hair will not compliment all the effort you made with your outfit so be sure to bare them in mind! Also remember to consider things such as the bag and/or umbrella you’re taking, if they’re not smart they have the potential to ruin your entire outfit. Remember, polished and professional is key!

If a recruitment agency is helping you find your next role and you’re ever unsure on what to wear to an interview then your Recruitment Consultant will be able to offer advice relating to the role and company in question as they will more than likely have been to the Client’s premises so will have seen the culture and environment first hand and will have asked about dress code already! If not, then you can always ask a friend or family member for advice because we all know how useful a second opinion can be!

For help finding your next role then feel free to call TurnerFox on 01623 656303 or send your CV to recruit@turnerfox.co.uk. We look forward to hearing from you!


By Holly Brailsford