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How to dress for an interview

You submitted your CV, you got offered an interview and you’ve done your research – but there’s one more crucial step to go and that’s finding the right thing to wear to your interview. Here’s a few tips to help you dress for an interview, and complete that final step to getting you the offer you want.

Dust off that suit

No matter what job you’re going for, it always helps if you show that you’ve made an effort and dressed in smart clothes to impress your interviewer. A suit, shirt and tie and normally perfectly acceptable, however if you know this will make you even more uncomfortable than normal in your interview than try changing the suit jacket for a cashmere jumper instead. Just remember the old saying, “you dress for the job you want, not the job you have” so it’s always better to go too smart than too casual.

Shoes

When you're thinking about how to dress for an interview, remember it's not just the clothes that need a little thought. Shoes need to be clean, polished and in good condition – if your best pair need a little TLC, why not check out our professional valet kit, which will see you through your interview and beyond – it’s a great investment in your footwear collection. Stick with classic oxfords or brogues and steer clear of more casual footwear like deck shoes or boots, and definitely no trainers.

Controlling your nerves

It’s a natural reaction that when you’re nervous, you start to sweat. In interview situations you can camouflage this better by wearing a white shirt with the rest of your interview attire as it will be easier to hide damp patches. Leave the coloured shirts for another time, always take the time the night before to iron your shirt and just make sure you don’t forget the deodorant on the day!

Watches and other jewellery

The interviewer should be focused on you and what you have to say, rather than being blinded by too much bling on your person, so keep your jewellery to a minimum to avoid any potential distractions. A classic watch, a wedding band and a tie pin are generally all you’ll need, and depending on the job you’re applying for you might not be able to wear jewellery at all so it’s better to remove anything that could possibly stand in your way of getting your dream job.

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