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How do you dress for a job interview?

Posted by in Website on 8th March 2019


How to dress for a job interview

Let’s kick this off straight away; no matter what sort of job you’re applying for, you should ALWAYS make an effort. By that we mean, dress smartly.

You may be going for a job that involves wearing a uniform or even overalls. This can lead to confusion as to what you wear to the job interview, but we’ll say it again, dress smartly.

Is it different for men and women?


Why should we dress smartly?

Put it this way, the way you dress for the interview will leave a first impression with your potential future employer. So, if one candidate turns up wearing scruffy clothing and another wearing smart clothing, and they both have exactly the same qualifications, naturally the employer is ‘likely’ to pick the person who has made more of an effort with their appearance.

You know what they say, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”.

What is the companies dress code?

It is well worth carrying out a little research in to what your potential new colleagues wear to work. Most office establishments have a more relaxed attitude towards dress codes these days, but if you’re working in a front-of-house position or in a kitchen, there is a way to dress.

It may be unnecessary to wear a business suit, unless you’re going for a role that will require you to wear that kind of attire daily, so you need to judge the situation for yourself.

Can I over-dress?

Dressing in a tailor-made suit (for a man or a woman) can also be overkill. If you’re going to be working in a fairly junior role and you turn up better dressed than the future boss, it may be slightly off-putting to your interviewer.

Second interview

It’s commonly accepted that you can dress slightly more informally for a second interview, but we still highly recommend going down the smart-casual route. Don’t go for jeans and t-shirt, that’s taking things a little too far the other way, especially if you wore a suit to the first interview!


Although a last-minute cigarette might help you calm the nerves a little, having a that final smoke just before you walk in to the interview is NOT recommended. Even if the interviewer is a smoker, you can bet that the last thing they want to smell on your breath is cigarettes. If you’re willing to do it to them, you could possibly do that in the work environment too, and that won’t go down well.

Plan that cigarette well in advance and maybe bring a mint or two with you!

Final thoughts

No matter who you are, please make an effort. Just because you’re going to be working outdoors and will be wearing fluorescent safety gear or working in a kitchen and need chefs whites, showing up for an interview dressed smartly will at the very least, show your interviewer that you care about the job you’re going for.

Dressing professionally shows respect for yourself, the interviewer, and the company. You may not have to dress like this every day, but you are more likely to be taken seriously when you present yourself in a professional manner and take the time to attend to details.

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