It's that time of the year where a load of young people leave education, some will be leaving high school and looking at starting college or an apprenticeship and some may be embarking into the world of work after finish their final year in education. Which ever journey you are on you will at some point have an interview either for a job, apprenticeship or a place at your chosen education place. Below is a little guide from CT shirts, retailers of menswear and suits to give you some great advice on the perfect interview outfit.
If you are attending an interview for a place where you will be volunteering or an internship without pay then dressing casual would be suitable. Most of the people doing these interviews won’t expect you to be dressed very formally, and will be more concerned with your personality, including your punctuality. However it’s always good to make a positive first impression, so still consider what you’re wearing. Some interview's will also include a trial run of the job so take that into consideration when choosing your outfit.
Casual wear for women can include jeans and skirts it's best to go for something that you will feel comfortable in.To ensure you still look presentable, you should avoid mini-skirts with bare legs and ripped jeans as this is too relaxed for an interview environment and can give off the wrong impression. You could wear a smart dress with tights and a cardigan or a shirt-jumper combo with a smart pair of trousers or jeans. Since it’s likely to be a relaxed vibe, you shouldn’t worry too much about footwear. Opt for a smart ankle boot or flat pump, and perhaps avoid trainers and high heels. I would say trainer's are a no go for any interview, unless you have a medical reason to need to wear them.
It can be difficult for men to find a casual look without giving off the impression of looking to relaxed. Jeans are definitely appropriate, but similar to our advice for women, steer clear of ripped jeans, you can team the jeans up with a nice long sleeved top or jumper. You should avoid wearing tracksuit bottoms or tracksuit tops, as these will not give off the best impression. For shoe's a smart pair of brogues or Chelsea books to give off a bit of a smarter look.
For some interview they will advise you of the type of attire they expect you to wear. This may be because they have this dress code in the office or it may be for an assessment day where you are expected to be there all day and recruiters want you to feel comfortable for example if tou are working a trail at a restaurant they will want you to look the part. If you are unsure what to wear, it’s best to dress too formally rather than too casually to avoid giving off the wrong impression. You may feel a little over dressed but it gives a good impression and that you have thought it through.
When dressing business-casual there are many choices of what to wear than in a strictly professional interview. You could wear pinstripe or patterned dress, trousers with a smart shirt tucked in. Or, wear a smart shirt with a wide collar underneath a long-sleeved sweater. This look gives off a formal impression, whilst not as professional as a shirt and suit jacket. Shoe's should be smart looking but you don't have to go for a heel a nice pair of flat's works just as well.
For men smart slim fitting shirts look great teamed up with a nice pair of trouser's. Why not invest in a non-iron shirt? It stays free of creases and there’s no need to rush around with the iron the morning before the interview! Also, if you’re travelling by car or public transport to the interview, a normal shirt can become creased but this is avoided through the non-iron garment. Jean's are a no go even if they look smart, a smart pair of Chino's could work well with the right shirt and shoes. For shoe's either a nice pair of dress shoe's or brogues.
When attending a more formal interview a professional look is required. These interviews could be in front of directors of the company for a graduate job or an internship. So you want to look your best here as your appearance certainly counts, and with the high level of competition at this stage, you don’t want to fall at any hurdles.
It can be difficult for women dressing in a professional situation as a suit is the best option. For the lower half there are two option's a skirt or trouser's it's best to go for what you feel the most comfortable in. If you decide to wear a skirt, wear one with a hemline just below the knee to avoid it rising and becoming too revealing. A suit doesn’t have to be boring, shop around and discover suits that are tailored in different ways and find one that suits your body shape. When it comes to footwear, heels are acceptable but make sure you can walk with confidence in them. If you don’t feel happy wearing heels, opt for pumps or shoes with a smaller heel. There are some really great skirt suit's about.
For men a suit is what they should wear. You can choose to go for a tailored suit that will be a nice fit and also through the choices you can choose something that represents your style. Wear dark socks to blend in with your outfit and bring a briefcase to look professional, you can get some really trendy looking briefcases now that are a better suited to the younger generation. Brogues are a good choice of footwear they are stylish and smart without being too dull.
What to avoid
As we can see, the main thing to do is to make sure you feel comfortable in your outfit — it will show in the interview! However, there are a few things that you should avoid:
* Too much perfume or aftershave.
* Too much jewellery or makeup.
* Shoe's that are too high or dirty.