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Does What You Wear To A Job Interview Really Matter?

You either know fashion, or you don’t. -Anna Wintour.

But does it really matter in a job interview?

A job interview can be daunting enough, without having to worry about what you’re going to wear. We know it sounds trivial. But, did you know that 60% of people say they worry about their appearance before attending a job interview? Some people even admit to going out and buying an entire new outfit for each job interview they go to.

Your clothes shouldn’t matter, but in some cases, they do.

Your clothes act as a communicator. It is a communicator about who you are and what you want to say about yourself. It also sets a nice first impression. If you go into an interview, appropriately dressed in a smart outfit, it can often be the decider on whether you get the job or not – particularly if there are two candidates who the interviewer can’t choose between. It seems trivial, but it can sometimes make a difference.


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An old-fashioned outlook?

Some people argue that you should be able to wear what you want and that your clothes don’t determine your capabilities. And honestly, we agree. Your clothes shouldn’t matter. You could go into a job interview dressed in a full suit, and another applicant could walk in in a tracksuit. You might both be qualified for the job and have some great experience behind you.

People are arguing that employers need to look past the appearance of applicants. However, we can see why employers want their employees to present themselves professionally. After all, the employer is looking for people to represent their business. A hair salon owner wouldn’t hire someone with dirty, dishevelled hair. A tailor wouldn’t hire a salesman with an ill-fitting suit. It makes sense to make the effort.

Setting the right impression can be the difference between being hired and heading back to the job search.


So what should you wear?

Well ultimately, something smart, but something that fits well that you also feel comfortable in. Colours are important too. Conservative colours, such as black, greys and blues seem to be the the safest bet when meeting someone for the first time in a professional environment. Bright, bold colours such as reds, purples, pinks and orange can sometimes be seen as too ‘loud’. But that doesn’t mean you can’t let your personality shine through and you need to wear all black.

What else should you consider?

Well, thinks like personal grooming is important too. We don’t mean you should go and get a hot towel shave or a blow-dry the day of your interview, just make sure that you look your best. Nails is a big one too, regardless of if you are a man or a woman. You’re most likely going to be shaking the hands of your future employer. Make sure your nails are clean and a good length. If you’re a woman and you want to paint them, go right ahead.


So there you have it! Our top tips for what you should wear to an interview! What do you think about dressing smartly for an interview? Do you think you should be able to wear whatever you want? Let us know!

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