Dress for Interviews on a Budget
Many people fall at the first hurdle when it comes to that important job interview…the first impression. Before you even get to discuss your degree, you need to focus on how you wish to be viewed in the first 7 seconds of meeting someone. A first impression is nigh on impossible to change, so make sure you’re dressed the part! There are some mistakes to be made that (believe it or not) people don’t always think about when picking out their interview wardrobe.
So, here are some simple tips to get that all important first impression just right, without breaking the bank…
You don’t have to fork out lots of money to look good, or have poured through every copy of GQ to get it right. Thankfully men’s fashion is relatively simple and straightforward. With a few choice items you can create a capsule wardrobe that will allow you to layer, combine and re-style, so you have a fresh look for every single interview.
Check before you buy
The obvious (and most important) thing to do first is to check the dress code of the company, as these do differ. For example, most start-ups tend to have a much more casual dress code, whereas more corporate companies require a formal look with smart business suits being the norm. If you’re unsure always assume the dress code is formal. You can be formal and still express who you are as a person.
Choose a versatile jacket
In a modern setting, black pinstripe suits can be quite old fashioned, whereas a navy blue blazer can be refreshing and can be worn in combination with slacks and an open neck shirt for a less formal interview. You can re-wear the jacket and freshen the look by simply changing the tie / trouser colour combination. And, if you coordinate well, you can avoid the stagnant old black suit / white shirt combo that’s likely to make you fade into the background. On the other side of the coin, novelty ties and loud checks are a no no.
Invest in smart shoes
In a formal setting try lace-up shoes… they tend to look smarter than slip-ons. Be careful about going very casual – like wearing trainers (no matter how expensive they were!) – but, there will always be exceptions with more creative roles.
Buy a pair of versatile shoes that can be worn with suits or more casual clothes. And don’t forget to look after them! Like a creased shirt, scuffed shoes aren’t going to impress anyone.
There’s a lot of variety for women but the same applies, dress appropriately for the role you’re going for, even if it is more casual, you should still aim to look polished and presentable.
Find your perfect tailored trousers
Just like the boys and their jackets, a pair of tailored trousers are a must for any wardrobe, as they are so versatile. They can be paired with a button-down shirt or a more casual sweater, whether you’re choosing muted colours or a top with slightly more elaborate detail.
Heels or flats?
Ultimately it comes down to what you feel comfortable wearing. If you feel more confident in heels, then go for a pair that aren’t too garish or high (no-one wants to be falling flat on their face at an interview 😬). If you prefer flats, then choose a smart ballet pump style or loafer, for a more comfortable accessory.
Express your personality
Don’t be afraid to inject a little bit of your personality into your outfit – The interviewer wants to get to know you and understand you, so this could help them! Put some life into your top or choose a bright button-down shirt. Statement dresses with subtle jewellery can also be a winning combination.
To achieve a great look for an interview, you don’t need to spend a lot. You can pick up great pieces at discounted prices from High Street shops like Debenhams or TK Maxx. Deals and voucher codes are always a great thing to check before making a purchase, saving you money on your shopping, or getting free delivery. A selection of the latest offer codes and deals can be found at MyFavouriteVoucherCodes
Be bold but professional and ensure you choose your clothing strategically to make you stand out amongst your competitors. Most of all, don’t take anything for granted, whether it’s the first, second or final interview.
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