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What should you wear to your next job interview?

Being invited to a job interview can be stressful. You know that you are fully qualified for the job of your dreams, and you’re prepared to answer any question that they may throw at you. But first impressions count for much more than you may think, and your clothing can be a big part of this.

It’s not always easy to decide what is appropriate to wear for a job interview, so to help you before the big day here are our top tips of what to wear (and what to avoid) for your next interview.

Grab the style guide!

First impressions are important so when you walk into the interview room, make sure that your outfit is clean, co-ordinated and if possible, wrinkle-free.

Once you’ve got the job you’ll be wearing your uniform, so this is the only time that your employer will see your personal style choices. You need to make sure that you look professional – after all, you want them to remember you for your professional knowledge, not your casual outfit!

You may wish to invest in smart business attire. Simple tailoring in neutral colours is always a winner and if you are going to wear heels, we would recommend closed toe shoes with a low-medium heel.

We would also recommend keeping your accessories to a minimum.

Call the fashion police!

There are a few definite no-no’s which should always be remembered before your next interview.

Firstly, consider your personal hygiene – make sure that your hair is clean and kept out of your eyes, your nails are tidy (no chipped nail polish), and you’re not wearing any excessive aftershave or perfume. A spritz or two is fine but try to refrain from dousing yourself in a whole bottle!

Secondly, keep your make up simple. It may sound obvious, but the make up you wear on a night out is not necessarily appropriate for the workplace. The same goes for fake tan – there’s nothing wrong with a light colour but avoid anything too dark. Equally, if you are applying a fake tan the night before please remember that it can leave behind a distinct ‘biscuity’ smell which you do not want to cover up with strong perfume!

Finally, if you arrive at your destination wearing sunglasses, please take them off as soon as you enter the building. There is nothing more off-putting than someone sitting inside hiding behind a dark pair of glasses.

If you have any questions about your next job interview, then please give one of our trained consultants a call. They will be happy to answer any queries that you may have.
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