Dressing for an interview - dos and don’ts

12 February 2016
Dressing for an interview - dos and don’ts

So you’ve got an interview for a new job and understandably you want to make a good impression. Saying the right things will obviously be crucial to your success however before you even get a chance to let out any meaningful words you’ll need to make the right statement with the way you’re dressed.

While as kids we’re taught not to judge a book by its cover, the simple fact is that almost all of us do and there’s a strong likelihood that those interviewing you will also. That’s why we’ve run through all you need to know about dressing for your next job interview.

What your clothes say about you

Before we look into what to wear, you need to understand the importance that your appearance will have on the day. For those interviewing you it’s the first impression they’ll be making of you and while we’d like to think that it wouldn’t have a deciding impact on whether or not you get the job, how much of an influence it has is very much down to the discretion of those interviewing.

It’s often said that a man’s shoes speak volumes about him, well let us assure you that your complete outfit says even more. An ill fitted suit will suggest a lack of self-awareness in how you look while creased trousers and scuffed shoes will only serve in showing a lack of care in presenting yourself and to a degree, a disregard for the opportunity you’re being interviewed for. That’s why we suggest you play it safe and dress appropriately.

So, what should and shouldn’t do when dressing for and attending an interview?

DON’T try to express your personality by wearing a garish tie, it will only take away from your smart look. This will in no way help you make the right sort of statement; a clean and classy look with a simple tie on the other hand will suffice in keeping the interviewers content.

DO make sure your clothes are freshly ironed, from your blazer to your shirt to the pleat down your trouser leg; creased clothes will only show you up as being lazy.

DON’T reveal too much. Regardless of whether you’re male or female, if you want to maintain a professional look be sure to have enough buttons fastened on your shirt, and as much as you might want to look like you mean business keep your sleeves rolled down.

DO get you colours right. Wear a dark suit and be sure to remember not to mix blacks and browns. That means only accompanying a black suit with a black belt and black shoes.

DON’T wear materials that are susceptible to creasing such as linen. Stick to cotton (which doesn’t crease as easily) and you can’t go wrong. Remember you still have to get to your interview which in most cases will give materials such as linen enough time to crease up and ruin your look.

DO wear a suit which you not only look good in but also feel good in. For many people looking good makes them feel good and if you can draw some extra confidence from this then it will only work in your favour.

DON’T mistake confidence for cockiness. Yes you might look and feel the part but you haven’t secured the role just yet. While it’s good to come across as having the self-belief in being suitable for the role you should still maintain a degree of humility.

Please note that the advice given above is for roles which require a more formal and smart appearance on a day to day basis. Other roles may grant freedom to be a little more expressive with the styles and colours of your garments so keep this in mind.

Hemingway’s made to measure and bespoke tailored suits are designed to flatter the body and in turn make you feel good about the way you look. A tailor made suit will rarely go out of fashion and can become your go-to garment for those all important interviews. If you’re looking to make a good impression for future interviews then be sure to get in touch and see how we can help.

Abbas Mahmood
Abbas Mahmood
As a lifelong purveyor of fashion, Abbas has been writing for Hemingway Tailors for 2 years, keeping readers up to date with style trends and delivering a regular insight into the world of tailoring.
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