What to Wear to an Interview

If you’ve got a big interview coming up, no doubt you’re putting in the work to be completely prepared. However, no matter how well you can describe yourself in three words, or how humbly you can name your biggest weakness, if you don’t put the effort into your appearance, chances are you can wave goodbye to that dream job. We have some top tips on how to dress for an interview to ensure you make the right impression – and remember, polished shoes and proper grooming are essential finishing touches.

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What to Wear to an Informal Interview

If you’re going for a more casual interview, then the rules are a little more relaxed. Don’t turn up in a three-piece suit, but remember to still put the effort in. It’s hard to go wrong with a crisp, white shirt, open collar and chinos. Denim is becoming more accepted, so dark jeans and a printed shirt is a good choice for a casual job interview outfit. As far as footwear goes, Derbies, brogues or Chelsea boots are a step in the right direction.

What to Wear to a Formal Interview

If you’re going for a more casual interview, then the rules are a little more relaxed. Don’t turn up in a three-piece suit, but remember to still put the effort in. It’s hard to go wrong with a crisp, white shirt, open collar and chinos. Denim is becoming more accepted, so dark jeans and a printed shirt is a good choice for a casual job interview outfit. As far as footwear goes, Derbies, brogues or Chelsea boots are a step in the right direction.

Summer and Winter Outfits

Don’t let unpredictable weather faze you; if you’re wondering what to wear to an interview in chillier weather, layering under a classic blazer is a tried and tested look, and we have plenty of options to ensure that staying stylishly warm is one less thing to worry about. For interview outfits on warmer days, chinos are a good option with lightweight layer – remove the blazer and opt for a smart T-shirt, if appropriate.

Interview Outfit FAQs

Can you wear jeans to an interview? If it’s a creative industry where the dress code is relaxed, dark, well-fitted jeans can be appropriate. Make sure that you pair them with a presentable shirt and smart shoes – no trainers – and stay away from light denim.

Should I wear a tie to an interview? Yes. Unless you’re interviewing somewhere with a casual dress code, keep it traditional and wear a tie. Opt for a smart design and avoid novelty prints or clashing colours.

What should I bring to an interview? Your CV is an essential. If you’re being interviewed by multiple people, ensure you take a few copies, and if it’s a creative role then don’t forget your portfolio. A pen and pencil is always a good idea (and makes you look well-prepared), and pack a bottle of water, just in case. Make sure you have a few pre-prepared questions to show interest, and don’t forget your firm handshake to leave a lasting impression.

What are the best colours to wear to an interview? If you’re interviewing somewhere traditional, opt for a suit in a subdued colour with a smart shirt. Classic stripes and block colours are fine, but leave the garish ensembles and novelty ties at home; you want to dazzle them with your wit, not your whistle.