3 June 2016

Dress to impress: what to wear for a job interview

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According to research, 90% of people form their opinion about you within the first 10 – 40 seconds of your introduction – and in a job interview, that means your potential employer could have made their decision of whether or not to hire you before you’ve even said a single word. No pressure, then.

With under a minute to seal the deal, choosing the right outfit is your first opportunity to present the best version of you and stand out from your competition.

And that’s where we come in – by following our simple guidelines, finding the balance between making a positive visual impact and delivering a winning performance will become second nature.

The Suit

Opt for either plain navy or charcoal – a black suit is reserved for funerals or evening wear only.

If you don’t have an ‘off the hanger’ physique (and almost no one does), always ensure you have your new suit altered, including the sleeves on your jacket. Ideally, they shouldn’t fall past your knuckles when both of your arms are by your side.

Choose breathable fabrics – a suit that is a lightweight blend of cotton and wool and half-lined to help keep you cool and dry.

Take the time to try on both 2-button and 3-button options to find the best fit for your body shape. You’ll be astonished at the difference a perfect fit can impact your confidence.

The Cufflinks

Keep cufflinks plain and understated. As with your tie, avoid anything comical to ensure your application is taken seriously.

The Shirt

A white or light blue shirt with a well-fitted collar works best – remember, most of the focus will be around your face.

The Tie

Select a tie that reflects your individuality, but make sure it isn’t too loud. Under no circumstances should you wear a novelty design.

The Belt

Your belt should match the colour of your shoes and always be threaded through your suit trouser belt loops.

The Shoes

Your shoes should be black and most importantly, clean. Your socks should match your suit trousers but only if you can find the exact same shade of navy or charcoal. Otherwise, it’s a better idea to opt for black.

The Grooming

Be clean-shaven, but if you can’t bear to part with your moustache or beard, make sure it is well-trimmed. Any facial piercings should be removed and tattoos covered – and don’t go overboard with the aftershave!

Most importantly, try to relax. The reason you have been invited for an interview is because someone recognised your talent and believes your skills may be what their company needs to take them to the next level.

What’s more, you have the chance to take advantage of our exclusive offer where every suit purchase includes a free shirt and tie of your choice. That should be enough to boost your confidence and remind you to smile. Good luck!