It’s important to dress appropriately for an interview and look smart. Unless you are told otherwise, make an effort to arrive dressed well. Look professional and show that you pay attention to your appearance. First impressions are very important so don't lose a job by wearing inappropriate clothing. If in doubt, ring up before your interview and ask.
- Some employers have a dress code (jacket and tie or a suit with smart polished shoes, for example). However, many do not set the style but still want to show their clients that they care and are professional, so prefer 'smart casual'. This often causes the most dilemmas as it is not clear what it means. Put simply, smart shirt with trousers (or skirt) and shoes not trainers!
- If you're not sure, dress smart. If you're in t-shirt, jeans and trainers and everyone else is in a suit you're going to stand out like a sore thumb. If you're in a smart suit and everyone else isn't they are not going to mind, they'll respect you for the effort you made and will know that you're just making the effort - which is good!
- Look as natural as possible, so don't turn up with a face full of metal or looking like Coco the Clown!
- It's really important to look well presented at an interview. Make sure your suit and shirt are ironed! You don't want to walk into an interview looking untidy.