Business Formal? Business Casual? Black-tie Optional? It can be overwhelming that on top of preparing for psychometric tests and your interview answers, that you need to think about what you’re going to wear on the day of the interview too. But it is important; especially when you take into consideration that over 50% of communication is non-verbal. It’s key that the way you present yourself is authentic, so you can be comfortable and confident, but you’ll also want to bear in mind the role you’re hoping to secure.
Here’s a check-list to take the worry out of what to wear to your interview:
Check the invite – first things first, make sure that you look for a dress code in the invitation to the interview. There may not be one specified, but if there is you’ll fall at the first hurdle if you failed to follow instructions!
Do your research – you can get a strong sense of how formal a company is from the website, recruitment materials and social media channels. If everyone is in jeans, you might not want to turn up in your smartest suit!
Err on the smart side– your interview is your opportunity to present your best self, so even if it’s a creative office where everyone is very dressed down steer clear of ripped jeans, messy hair or muddy shoes. After all, if you can’t smarten up for the interview there’s not much hope of you smartening up once you start!
Comfort is key – you need to be feeling confident and positive in your interview, so stick to an outfit you feel good in rather than trying to be something you’re not. That being said, without knowing the environment really well yet, avoid your most fashion forward trends – you need to be able to demonstrate you can fit into this new environment so don’t take big risks with visible tattoos and jewellery unless you’re really sure that’s what they’re after. Same goes for being physically comfortable – you won’t feel as confident if you’re fiddling with an awkward hem or hobbling in painful heels.
Be prepared – take the stress out of the morning of the interview and have your outfit prepared the night before. Arrive feeling calm and collected – and confident!
Tied up– it’s better to look slightly overdressed than underdressed. You may notice from pictures on the website that many staff don’t wear ties but if you’re interviewing for one of the Big 4 it’s advisable to wear one
White shirt or black shirt? – If in doubt a white shirt is a sensible thing to wear. It’s clean crisp and neutral. If you think you need to wear a tie avoid a lairy one, a red or blue tie with a simple pattern on it would be an ideal professional look.
Shoes shined – this might sound obvious but it’s essential you turn up to the interview with clean / polished shoes. This detail doesn’t go unnoticed by many interviewers.
Finally don’t forget your psychometric tests – it’s common for hiring managers to retest candidates at their assessment centre day or at interview. They are most likely to retest your numerical reasoning and verbal reasoning tests so keep practicing them until you have secured your job offer.