Nail that big interview and land your dream job with our helpful style guide
You’ve got through the rigorous application process and bagged an interview – congratulations! Aside from studying hard on the company policies and history, you should spend a little time considering what to wear to your interview.
It used to be the case that you should dress ‘like you’ve already got the job’, but with offices becoming increasingly casual, this isn’t the best advice if you’re looking to nail your interview. Appearing smart and professional is crucial to making a great first impression with your future boss, so jeans, trainers, shorts or anything too trendy are big no-nos. If you’re unsure, it is okay to ask the interviewer about the dress code.
Whilst there’s plenty of advice on what to wear to an interview, it’s important that you look like yourself and show your personality. Don’t wear things that you don’t feel comfortable in, and certainly don’t wear anything ill-fitting or unflattering that will lower your confidence.
It may be one of the most nerve-wracking things to go through, but let your potential employer see that you’re confident and know what you’re talking about. And remember, a smile is the best accessory!
Ready to bag your dream job? Read through our fashion tips and wow your future employer with your savvy style…
Not all job interviews require you to wear suits, so be wary if the dress code reads 'smart casual'. When in doubt, go for a sleek all-in-one that looks the business, like this M&S one button panelled suit, £104.
Never underestimate the power of accessories - a simple yet stunning piece of jewellery is the perfect way to show your personality without going overboard. Opt for delicate, refined pieces, such as this Michael Kors rose gold pendant, £99.
Any skirt worn to an interview should be no higher than half an inch above the knee. A smart pencil skirt should be a fixture in any woman's work wardrobe.
Pictured: Reiss Delo pencil skirt, £110.
Although it's important to show off your personality at an interview, this isn't the time for statement or sky high heels. Stick to a chic and comfortable pair that you can walk in - especially if you're required to make a presentation! We love Clarks' Carlita Cove heels, £40.
That being said, don't feel like you must wear heels to an interview. Save the stilettos for a Saturday night and turn up in a pair of work-friendly flats with wow factor. Brogues or loafers make for fabulous alternatives to the ballet pump. Get yours from Kurt Geiger, £89.
Going to an interview in a crisp tailored shirt is a failsafe way to make a good impression - be sure to iron it before you head out the door! Make a quality purchase, like this shirt from Aquascutum, £95.
Wearing tailored trousers or a fitted blazer is a quick solution to make an outfit look put together. Either wide-legged or tapered work in this scenario - this pair from Jaeger, £125, look great teamed with chic courts.
It isn't all black and white! Wearing a plain coloured shirt shows flair without distracting the interviewer with fussy patterns. You won't regret wearing this beautiful Jigsaw silk shirt in Cinder Rose, £98, when you go to meet the boss.
Everyone knows that the key to nailing an interview is preparation. Ensure you turn up with your CV, application form and any other essentials stashed away in a luxury satchel to complete your look. With two compartments and mini pockets for pens and phones, this bag from Radley, £139, is both fashionable and functional.