Although every company has a dress code, dressing appropriately for the job interview is a must, and following these tips will allow you to make that all important first impression.
If in doubt as to what to wear for an interview, don’t dress down; rather, you should wear a suit, along with a conservative shirt and tie. Custom suits are an option, although will cost you more. Your suit and shirt should be clean, freshly pressed and of course, comfortably fitting. It’s no good trying to squeeze into the same suit you wore 20 years ago.
You should also be neatly groomed, and make a point of bathing or showering that same day or the day before. Don’t put on aftershave or cologne, and make sure that you have brushed your teeth and your breath is fresh. A neat beard and/or moustache is acceptable. Your shoes should match your clothes and should be freshly polished. In short, as long as you are well groomed and presentable and are dressed appropriately, you will be taken much more seriously at the interview. You may even increase your chances of getting the job.
Women should always err on the side of being conservative, which means a suit with pants or a skirt, and ideally something that is dark in colour, not too short and not too ostentatious. Of course, it’s also important to make sure your clothes fit well, your shoes match and that everything is freshly pressed and clean. Shirts with slogans, skimpy or see through outfits are of course, not appropriate. Basic pumps are comfortable and won’t slip off your feet or cause you trouble walking. Make sure your hose doesn’t have runs or tears.
Although deodorant is a must, you should not wear any strong perfume. Of course, you should bathe or shower, make sure your hair is washed and brushed, although in general don’t wear too much make up. Brush your teeth, and make sure your breath is fresh, especially if you smoke.
Always remember that it’s generally better to be overdressed than underdressed, although you can dress down a bit for a second interview. Dressing appropriately is one of the most important steps and can increase your self confidence and ensure the company takes you seriously.