You’ve gone over the job description a hundred times, prepared answers to the most common interview questions, and know the company values inside out: in short, you’ve done absolutely everything you can to get the job. The last piece of the puzzle is what to wear. Arrive at an interview for a bank without wearing a suit and you’ll never get the job, and turn up to your interview at a tech start-up dressed to the nines and you’re likely raise a few eyebrows. Read on to find out how to navigate the often confusing world of job interview attire.
The most important thing to consider when dressing for an interview is how formal the job is. As well as using your common sense, take a look at the company’s ‘about’ page on their website, where they may have photos of their staff — the way they are dressed in these will be a good indication of how they dress on a day to day basis. For example, a quick look at the staff page on the Goldman Sachs website shows that you should be turning up to the interview in the most formal clothes you own, while the same page for Google Dublin suggestsyou’d stick out like a sore thumb in a three-piece suit.
As a rule of thumb, you should dress one level above what you’d be expected to wear if you got the job. For example, if the dress code is smart-casual, wear a suit to the interview, and if you’d only be expected to wear T-shirt and jeans, go for a button-up and trousers. If you’re ever in doubt about the company’s dress code, always hedge your bets and arrive in a suit.
Both men and women should avoid highly-patterned clothing and vibrant colours, no matter how casual the dress code of the company. Black, navy, and grey are safe colours which can give a sensible and formal look to any outfit and pair it with formal shoes. Remember, you’re not dressing to blow them away with your sense of fashion, but instead show them you can fit in to their environment. Jules B has a great selection of formal and smart-casual clothing on their online store, making it a great place to purchase the clothes for any kind of interview.
Of course, dressing the part is only half the battle of making a great first impression — your body language is just as important. No matter how well you’re dressed, if you don’t hold yourself with confidence, you’re unlikely to be picked for the role. The Guardian has an excellent article about body language during an interview, and it’s well worth a read to get you prepared.
Keep these tips in mind when dressing for your next interview, and you’ll give yourself the best possible chance of getting the job.