What to wear at a job interview

Drake Editorial


Preparing for an interview is stressful enough, without having to think about appropriate attire. These days, many workplaces are a lot more casual and relaxed, so it is understandable that choosing what to wear can paralyse us with indecision!  Different companies have different dress codes, however, there are some hard and fast rules that apply for most situations: 

If in doubt, leave it out! 

It is always better to err on the conservative side when considering your outfit. Accessories should be kept to a minimum. If there is any doubt in your mind, then leave it out. After all, you need to be focused and comfortable in the interview.  

Dress conservatively in most cases. 

If you aren’t sure, it is much safer to dress conservatively. You need to feel comfortable and be focussed on the job rather than feeling self-conscious of an overly bright shirt or loud accessories. By erring on the conservative side, you stand a much better chance of getting it right. Neutral colours such as black, navy or grey are always a safe bet.  

Use common sense, but also consider the job you're interviewing for. 

Of course, different places of employment require different standards of dress. But why risk being underdressed when you can put your best foot forward with proper formal wear. No one will penalise you for dressing too smart, however, dressing too casually could make you stand out for the wrong reasons. 

Wear something that makes you feel good 

Now that the rules have been set, it is also important to remember that you need to feel good in your interview. So, wear something that gives you confidence, that fits correctly and is clean and ironed. Always trial your outfit a couple of days before the big job interview. If you feel good, it will come across as confidence.  


Dressing in smart and conservative clothes will allow you to put your full attention on the interview. If you feel comfortable you will come across more relaxed and confident. There is absolutely no reason to take a risk with your attire for a job interview. By wearing neutral subtle clothes, the interviewer can focus on the most important things such as your personality, skills and ability to do the job you are applying for. 

2011-07-07 09:37:57

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