What to wear for an interview
In the modern workplace your personal appearance will still often be judged as an expression of who you are and your approach to your work. Never is this truer than during a face to face interview with a potential employer. This is not to be considered a negative often how a company’s employers presents themselves to a candidate is a good indication of a company’s work culture which may or may not appeal to the candidate.
At WRS Tech our Consultants aim to regularly visit their clients and can be counted on to give good advice on a company’s dress code. There are some good fundamentals which are close to being universals:
We advise getting a good hair cut up to a week before the interview, we also recommend that your personal grooming is up to a high standard ie. your nails are clipped your teeth are clean and that you smell nice (Use aftershave or perfume sparingly as it can be quite intense in a small interview room). Whilst Grooming isn’t strictly in the remit of “what to wear” it is vitally important
Regardless of the dress code (speak to your WRS Consultant for information) your clothes should be well laundered, in good repair and be well fitted (shoe polished etc.). All interview outfits should be clean, free of dog hairs, deodorant marks, fraying hems or straining zips and buttons. The interviewer is going to be sitting staring at you for an hour and they will notice every sartorial flaw
The aim is to match your interviewer in style and tone as close as possible. If in doubt you should aim to dress smarter. We recommend against jeans even if they are common in the companies office. It is important to speak to your recruitment consultant to get as much information as possible.
You want the interviewer to focus on you and your suitability to the job at hand. We recommend avoiding statement clothing or anything that is likely to distract the interview from the task at hand.
We recommend that you take a copy of the details of the person you are going to meet (name number and job title) along with two printed copies of your CV and the job description some notepaper (notes are very important!) and two working pens. These should be clean neat and tidy and kept together in a way that keeps them organised and ready to hand.