The do’s and don’ts of “dressing” for an interview.

During the recruitment process your most important role is to impress the recruiter or manager so that they will hire you. Therefore, in order to do this you must make your first impression count and this starts with your dress and grooming.

We have devised some helpful dos and don’ts that will assist you in making the right decisions on what to wear to your interviews:

Do’s

  • Do wear length appropriate clothing, this means if you are wearing a dress or skirt make sure that it is knee length. Also ensure that your shirt is full length to your waist, no one wants to see a bare midriff.
  • Do wear traditional everyday fabrics, turning up in leather, velvet, glittery or spandex will not be a good look.
  • Do wear button shirts that fit well and are the correct size. If you need to have the top one or two buttons undone do so, but nothing more. Also ensure your buttons are not going to pop as they pull across your chest.
  • Do wear a jacket, pants, dress or skirt that fits appropriately, nothing that is too tight or that you feel uncomfortable in. There’s nothing worse than sitting in an interview feeling like your pants are too tight or your skirt is making you itchy.
  • Do wear clean clothing that is ironed.

Don’ts

  • Don’t wear ripped or torn clothing, although it might be in fashion. It is never fashionable for a job interview.
  • Don't wear jeans, t-shirts, denim or anything too casual. It is an interview not a trip to the local shops or café.
  • Don’t wear tank tops, shoe string dresses, singlets or shorts. It might be summer and it might be hot outside but it’s not appropriate for an interview. If you need to wear a singlet, make it plain in colour and wear a jacket over the top, this way no one will know and you can take your jacket off once you have left.
  • Don’t wear your sports or active clothing. It’s not a walk in the park or a trip to the gym. Be professional and look the part.
  • Don’t wear loud, bight colourful items, they can be off putting and even offensive. Keep to the plain colours like blacks, grey or white. They also look more professional.

Just remember that actions can sometimes speak louder than words. So if you dress to impress this will only help your chances of landing the perfect job.
 

The Recruitment Team


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