You’ve fulfilled the difficult task of getting an interview and now comes the decision of what to wear. While your parent’s advice about the ‘proper dress code’ is great, it’s even better to get a second and maybe even a third opinion.
Here are some other tips you can follow to make sure you’re dressed appropriately for your interview.
The Formal Dress Interview
Suits never go out of fashion. You may feel overdressed if you’re not used to wearing them, but if you’ve been advised to look formal, then aim to dress one notch above what you would normally consider suitable for work. If you opt for a skirt, make sure it’s not too short or tight, and keep heels at a sensible height. For men, choose a tie that matches your shirt and suit and avoid novelty ties. Dark socks are probably your best bet. You don’t want to be remembered as that guy with the brightly coloured socks.
The Smart Casual Interview
One of the hardest dress codes to follow is the smart casual or business casual. What does it mean? Is it 40% casual and 60% smart, or the other way round? The trick is to wear something you would feel comfortable in. Blazers and smart, dark trousers are a safe choice, as well as wrap dresses for females. Avoid sportswear, ties, and strappy tops. It’s an interview, not a party.
The Casual Interview
No matter how casual you think a company’s dress code is, do not make the mistake of turning up in beach shorts and Havaianas. Your safest bet is to go smart casual. Though jeans and converse would probably be acceptable in this case.
What Colour Should I Wear
If you haven’t thought about colours, then it’s a good thing you’re reading this blog post! Blue tells employers that you’re credible and trustworthy, but should be avoided for creative interviews where you could come across as looking conservative.
Black shows leadership and is great if you’re going for a senior position. Wearing red sends a message that you’re bold and assertive and works well in fields like sales and law.
White is all right, as it shows you’re organised and looking to make a fresh start. Purple and yellow work well for creative industries, and the colour to avoid? Orange. Orange is apparently the worst colour to wear for a job interview, with it being linked to unprofessionalism.
Whatever colour or style you choose; you want the interviewer to remember you for your skills and personality, not for your clothes. Having the right image is what will help the employer see you as a part of their team and reassure them that you can represent the company in public.
We have a formal dress code at Enterprise. So get your best shirt, tie and smart dresses ready and apply for a role that suits you.