How to look the part – first impressions count

By J&C Team

Congratulations! You’ve secured a job interview and preparations are under way. It’s very important to take the time to research the company, look in detail at the job overview and plan answers to common interview questions.


However, planning your interview outfit is also something you need to consider, making sure you leave yourself enough time in case you need to buy some new clothes.


Avoid a fashion faux pas at your next job interview and create the best first impression possible, by following CV-Library’s simple ‘what to wear’ advice:


Plan your outfit

Think about what you’re going to wear at least three days before your interview and try it on! This gives you enough time to dash to the shops at the last minute if you find a stain or something doesn’t fit.


Planning ahead will also give you more time to concentrate on the really important preparation, including; company background checks and a CV refresh. You will also be able to sleep easy the night before your interview knowing your outfit is washed, ironed and ready for the big day.


Dress appropriately

Remember, you’re attending a professional interview and not going to a bar or the cinema with friends.


Some companies have more relaxed dress codes but we believe it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed, especially for an interview. Turning up in your favourite tracksuit can still be frowned upon, even if you’re applying for a job at your local sports centre.


Don’t be afraid to ask

If you’re really unsure about what you should wear then don’t be afraid to pick up the phone or drop the company an email.


In most cases you are invited to an interview by a member of the HR team so they will be used to similar questions and they’re there to help. It also shows them how keen you are to make a good impression.


Be yourself

Although you need to dress appropriately you also need to feel comfortable. Girls, if you never wear heels then wear some smart flats. And boys, if you find suits too hot and stuffy then leave the jacket at home.


Check with family or friends

It’s always helpful to get a second opinion. Show a friend or family member what you’re planning to wear and ask them their opinion.


Last minute refresh

Just before you leave the house make sure you’ve got everything you need for your interview and take one last look in the mirror. Double check your shirt is tucked in, your hair is how you like it and there’s no food in your teeth.


Wearing the right outfit will get your interview off to the perfect start because, before a word’s been spoken, it’s the first impressions that count. Make sure that you’re looking smart, professional and, above all, ready to take that job.


For more advice on interview preparation, CV writing and job hunting visit CV-Library’s Career Centre.