Looking for a new job is stressful enough without having to worry about what you look like, so help make your job of finding work easier by reading our guide about how to stand out in an interview.
Continue reading to discover our five top tips for making a fantastic first impression and winning the job of your dreams!
Be wary of turning up to an interview before you have checked that your outfit is appropriate for the company. Obviously, you will want to research the company you may be working for, but make sure that you also study the organisation’s dress code and their regulations for everyday workwear. Dress codes are incredibly dependent upon the industry you will be working in, and whilst a suit is nearly always a safe bet, sometimes it is just not suitable.
If you are heading for a job interview in business, finance, law or education, then the dress code is likely to be much more formal than if you are applying for jobs in the art, fashion, retail or tech industries.
Before you go out and buy a new wardrobe of interview clothes from your local high-street store, ask yourself what items you need to purchase and which you already have. You may find that you have lots of the essentials, such as a perfectly tailored suit jacket or the vintage Rolex watch that your Grandfather bought you for your 21st birthday. Remember, quality items will stand the test of time, whereas mass-produced clothing, jewellery and watches will need to be replaced many times throughout a lifetime, meaning that they may end up costing you more in the long run.
For formal interviews, men can get away with wearing tailored trousers and a shirt or a well-fitting suit. Usually, ties are not necessary unless you work in the corporate world, but if in any doubt, then a plain, high-quality tie can help bring your entire look together.
Women can’t go far wrong with trousers or skirt suit in a muted tone, such as black, grey or navy. In most circumstances, high heels, vibrant patterns, garish colours and outfits that show a lot of skin should be avoided. Both men and women should try to dress as conservatively as possible, in order to keep the employer focused on their skills rather than what they are wearing.
When you are in any doubt about what to wear, remember to keep it simple. So, if you’re thinking of wearing a statement necklace or a garish coloured tie, it’s probably best to just not! Employers are usually looking for someone smart, well-put-together and confident. Silly ties, high heels and other daring design choices tend not to go down well. Remember, you want to stand out, but you don’t want to stand out in the wrong way.
You perform at your best when you are comfortable. So, if you walk into an interview wearing a suit that is too short and shoes that you can’t walk in, you will look and feel uncomfortable, and interviewers will notice. Adding a few personal touches to your outfit will not only demonstrate to potential employers your sense of style, but it will also help to make you feel more at ease in a stressful situation. Pre-owned Patek Philippe watches, or beautifully understated bracelets show that you have good taste and care about your appearance. Employers are also more likely to hire someone who takes pride in the small things (like a nice watch and polished shoes) because having an eye for detail is an essential quality for success in any fast-paced work environment.