What to Wear to an Interview

Find out about the company dress code…

It’s said you should dress for the job you want, rather than the job you have, and a good piece of advice is to look at the type of outfits your boss wears in order to understand what you should wear yourself. That doesn’t mean you should Single White Female your boss, of course, simply that if she always wears a suit, you probably don’t want to be rocking up to work in jeans, even if the dress code allows it. Speaking of the dress code, when you’re working out what to wear to an interview, it’s a good idea to find out what the dress code IS: if you don’t know anyone who works there who you can ask, don’t be afraid to call the HR department and ask.

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Even if the dress code is causal, ripped jeans are never appropriate for an interview [Images from Tosphop]

… but be prepared to dress a little more smartly than the dress code requires

If the dress code is very formal, you’ll want to make sure your interview attire is similarly formal: better to be over-dressed than under-dressed in this situation. If the dress code is fairly causal, on the other hand, you can afford to be a little more relaxed, however don’t make the mistake of being TOO relaxed, and ending up looking sloppy. It’s understood that people will dress a little more smartly for an interview, so even if the office environment is casual, and most people wear jeans every day, that doesn’t mean you should wear jeans to your interview. In fact, jeans, sweat pants, leggings and other very casual items are almost NEVER appropriate for a job interview, so even for an informal interview, it’s best to go with a business-casual look (i.e. your trousers should be tailored and have an ACTUAL waistband, as opposed to an elasticated one…) rather than anything remotely sportswear-inspired.

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