DRESSING FOR A JOB INTERVIEW

Looking for job interview outfits can be almost as stressful as the job interview itself, so it’s a good thing you stumbled across this article to let Uncle Tyrwhitt sort out your dilemmas. Before we get into what to wear to a job interview, let’s cover some basics. You absolutely must be properly groomed, ensure that nothing you are wearing has any stains or marks, and that your clothes are freshly pressed.

VIDEO INTERVIEW

There’s a good chance you’re already familiar with dressing for video calls, but video interviews require just a little step up in formality. It’s still an interview, after all. We’d advise against tracksuit bottoms and slippers on the bottom half – just in case you do end up on your feet, and because smart, matching pants get you in the right headspace. Zoom or no Zoom, what you wear on the top half still depends on the role and the industry. Take your sartorial cues from that, and knock ‘em dead.

GET ZOOM-READY, START WITH A SHIRT

FORMAL INTERVIEW

Sharp tailoring for a sharp brain. A suit, tie, and shirt are classic job interview clothes. How to dress for a job interview will depend on the business, but most will be in a formal setting, and if you are unsure it is always better to be overdressed. Your suit should fit you well, be navy or charcoal grey, and be paired with a shirt and tie. For job interview outfits stick to safe options for your shirt and accessories – a white shirt will always look right and a novelty tie will always look wrong.

SUITS ARE A MUST

SMART CASUAL INTERVIEW

This is where people start to get confused about job interview clothes. The key thing to remember is that you are still better off erring on the side of safety (you can take a look at The Definitive Guide to Smart Casual here) and that means no jeans, and no t-shirts. Chinos or wool pants and polished shoes should cover your bottom half; a shirt is still required on top, although you may lose the tie. Finally, a blazer or jacket will give your job interview outfit a professional finish and you should feel free to add a colourful socks to pull your look together.

LESS COMPLICATED THAN IT SOUNDS

CASUAL INTERVIEW

Regardless if the job interview dress code is ‘casual’, it does not mean you can turn up wearing the same thing you wore to the footie on Saturday. We know a shirt might not scream ‘casual’, but there is little else conventional about this outfit. By choosing different patterns, weaves or fabrics – a spotted shirt, or chambray button-down, perhaps knitted merino blazer – all the elements are immediately dressed down. This works for job interview outfits because you look smart and sensible, but stylish and put-together.

THIS DOES NOT MEAN CASUAL CASUAL

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