Even the most style-savvy among us can struggle when it comes to picking the perfect interview outfit. Its nerve-racking choosing an outfit for an interview, never mind dressing for success in the office every day. So to help answer the age old question of what to wear, we’ve asked the most stylish of our 200 recruiters their top interview fashion tips.
Over 50% of our recruiters admitted to being swayed by an interviewees dress sense when deciding to put forward candidates for interview, demonstrating first impressions count. And if there’s one place that this is more prevalent than others when talking careers, it’s the interview.
The perfect interview outfit
We asked: What’s your perfect interview outfit?
Katie is a client relationship executive, who knows the value of a good tailored blazer.
“A simple skirt suit with a crisp, white, buttoned up blouse and statement necklace. Team it with a matching suit jacket and skirt – in colours that suit both your skin tone and the season you’re interviewing in. That, or a nice tailored dress with a structured blazer”.
Kevin is a recruitment manager and the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ is his style icon
“Firstly you need to get yourself a tailored suit (blue ideally), white shirt, strong tie (bright colour and something notable but nothing with the slightest hint of novelty) a nice set of shoes (well polished as always) and most importantly a very powerful beard”. (the last bit is optional of course)
Amy is a recruitment coordinator and is used to dressing for success.
“ I try to balance classy with something comfortable, always keeping it respectable. This doesn’t mean your outfit has to be boring, injecting a bit of personality into your outfit can set you aside from other people. This can be done with something as simple as a bright bag or earrings”.
Stephen works in compliance and takes his fashion as seriously as he takes his audits.
“ Black suit, crisp white shirt, striking tie (but keep it corporate) teamed with remarkable cufflinks. I always try to look well-groomed and smell nice (in a non-overpowering way, of course). It’s about selling you and your abilities and not being remembered by your unfortunate choice of attire”.
Lalida works in finance and has a wardrobe that is the envy of everyone else in the office.
“You can have anything you want if you dress for it. My number one winning outfit would be a dark pencil skirt suit paired with a blouse in a lighter shade finished off with polished accessories; pearl earrings and black heels”.
Jack is a recruitment consultant who always turns up to work looking sharp.
“You can’t go wrong with a suit, shirt & tie. Go with navy or gray instead of black. Black is risky and washes you out. Stick to one colour when choosing a shirt. The key to looking good is always in the fit. When in doubt, go for the city look”.
Jenny works in marketing and believes in the power of personal branding
“It’s essential to make a lasting impression. I always wear one bright item, whether it’s a big statement necklace, bright patterned trousers or vivid top. I would go in all guns blazing with one statement piece of clothing, ensuring the interviewer remembered me (for the right reasons)”.