dressing for a job interview

How to dress for a successful job interview

The Interview – Our guide on how to dress to impress

It’s a cliche, but in a job interview (whether for a new role or a promotion) first impressions really do count. From the second you enter the room, your appearance is a manifestation of the professional investment you’ve placed in your career and in your future employer.

To play the part, you’ve got to look the part so it’s wise to do some research and find out about the company culture (formal or informal, creative or conservative). You can then dress in a way that encourages your interviewer to immediately see you as part of the team. If this information isn’t available (or you’re finding it hard to judge), use our guide below on how to dress to land you that amazing job.

The Dos:

  • Do wear the best suit you have. If you aren’t happy with anything you currently own – get a new one!
  • Do wear a fresh, clean navy or mid grey suit made in a plain, birds eye or herringbone fabric.
  • Do wear a freshly laundered, well ironed crisp white or mid blue shirt. Unless you have a very steady hand, put off eating anything that stains until after the interview (coffee stains are not a good look).
  • Do choose a tie that complements your shirt and suit. Keep it subtle – now is not the time to experiment with bold colours or patterns.
  • Do shave on the day of the interview. Stubble is sexy, but not particularly appropriate for the boardroom.
  • Do shine those shoes. Preferably choose a shoe with a slightly rounded toe to keep the lines of your outfit smooth.

The Dont’s:

  • Don’t choose a black suit to wear for an interview: it is far too severe. Dark blue and navy work best, and it’s been proven that blue is the most successful colour to wear when selling yourself.
  • Don’t choose a suit with contrasting buttons holes and loud linings. They can be distracting.
  • Don’t wear bright or novelty cufflinks and socks. Unless you are going for a role in the creative industries (or a magic shop), bright, novelty items may undermine how serious you are about the role.
  • Don’t overdo the aftershave. By all means, a little spritz is fine, but you want them to remember you – not your smell!

If you are in any doubt, keep it classic and smart. There is plenty of inspiration on the Alexandra Wood Pinterest and Instagram accounts, so be sure to check them out.

Words by Katrina Strathearn @ Veracity Content
Photo by Jeremy Beadle on Unsplash