How to dress for a job interview

Impress your potential employer with these nifty tips.

How to dress for a job interview
How to dress for a job interview
14 Jul 2015

How to dress for a job interview

It’s a well-known fact that job interviews are scary. But luckily for us, there is a way to make everything (including your interviewer) less terrifying. Believe it or not, it all has to do with making a good first impression. And the root of a good first impression is always to dress well.

Hair
Hair
14 Jul 2015

Hair

Your hair is one of the most important parts of your look and you absolutely have to nail it, without going over the top. Stick to something neat, conservative and most importantly, professional. Avoid the shaggy indie look even if it’s your staple, unless you’re auditioning for a spot in a grunge band. Instead, go for an undercut or maybe even a side part, using wax to keep unruly strands of hair in place. It may be old-fashioned but it’s sure to impress.

Face
Face
14 Jul 2015

Face

There’s not much you can do here, but freshening up your face will help you look better and feel more confident heading into that interview. Make sure your facial hair is tidied up, if not clean-shaven. Be sure to brush your teeth as well as use mouth wash to ensure there isn’t a bad breath problem during the interview. And as feminine as it sounds, using a bit of powder to freshen up your face isn’t a bad thing. If anyone asks, you don’t have to tell them you did.

Jacket
Jacket
14 Jul 2015

Jacket

When it comes to tailoring, the cardinal sin is baggy shoulders — it looks ridiculous. Also, we suggest playing it safe with neutral colours such as black, grey or dark blue. Your suit should fit you well and be comfortable so that you look and feel good at the same time. We wouldn’t want any fidgeting while you’re in that interview.

Shirt & Tie
Shirt & Tie
14 Jul 2015

Shirt & Tie

We suggest going for a light coloured shirt to match with a darker jacket. Colours like white, light blue or even light pink are safe choices. Don’t risk bold patterns. If you must, go for a simple polka dot. Ties should be used depending on the job interview you’re going for, but if you are wearing one, make sure it’s not loud and flashy.

Pants
Pants
14 Jul 2015

Pants

With pants, you’re looking for a slim fitting cut that gives you a single break at the point where they meet your shoes. Don’t always go for a suit trouser, as it can look try-hard. A slim-fit chino does the job just as well. Make sure that your pants aren’t suffocating but at the same time, make sure they aren’t baggy; you’re not in the 90s anymore.

Shoes
Shoes
14 Jul 2015

Shoes

Generally we recommend wearing dress shoes as it looks better and goes better with a suit. Stick to colours that complement your outfit — black, brown or dark blue are good options. However if you’re wearing chino pants, you can go for trainers as well. Just make sure they’re leather, not canvas, and scuffs aren’t acceptable. Your socks should always be the link between your pants and your shoes so make sure that they match both equally.

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