What to Wear to a Job Interview

What to Wear to a Job Interview

Outfit 1: blouse, trousers; Outfit 2: blouse, skirt; Outfit 3: dress;
Shoes: flatsheels;

CASUAL SMART OR SMART

In my opinion, looking for an outfit to wear for an interview is the hardest. You want to make a good first impression regardless of whether the dress code is casual smart or smart. Dress to impress as they say. The dress code will depend on the the job sector, job role and the company as a whole.

Causal smart is the hardest in my opinion. Even though it is more relaxed, you don’t want to be too casual. My rule of thumb is to skip the jeans. Save that for nights out with your future colleagues instead. You also don’t want anything too revealing. In the image above, I have chosen a blouse theme. Don’t be afraid of a coloured blouse. It will bring your outfit to life. If colour isn’t your thing, patterned skirts are another way of bringing life to the outfit. You can never go wrong with florals.

If you’re choosing a dress, don’t for something that is very figure hugging. You want to be able to relax and breathe. Find a dress that slightly cinches at the waist to give you shape. For skirts and dresses, you don’t want the length to be short, 2 inches above the knee is the limit. You can look for a dress that is fitted top or bottom but never both as it may give a wrong impression. Never go for open toe shoes or boots. You can choose shoes that has interesting details like ankle straps, open back, nothing too in your face.

What to Wear to a Job Interview

Outfit 1: shirttrousers; Outfit 2: blouseskirt; Outfit 3: dress;
Shoes: flatsheels;

For smart, I tend to think of secondary school uniforms. Oh those were the days. When it comes to dressing smart, you want to show your professional side so nothing revealing. No bright colours. Navy, dark grey and black are the popular choices. A white shirt or white blouse is always a safe bet. You will need a smart looking shirt and not a casual white shirt which everyone will probably have in their wardrobe. For trousers, you can go for a slim or straight fit, never skinny nor high waisted. Remember to tuck your shirt or blouse in. Throw on a matching blazer too. Pencil skirt must not be too tight. The length of the skirt and dress is very important as I would highly recommend just above the knee to be the short limit.

Wearing pointed shoes would be better than round shoes. You want these to be plain with no detailing and black would be the best choice. You can wear heels but make sure you wear mid heels as you may be at the interview all day especially if it’s an assessment centre. You want to be comfortable as you don’t want to trip when you walk into the interview. Now that would be very embarrassing.

If your interview is at a law firm, accountancy, banking etc, the dress code will be a lot smarter. Opt for blazer, skirt, trousers/pencil skirt. If you’re confused or still clueless, I would highly recommend the blouse and plain pencil skirt combination. You can never go wrong with it.

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21 Comments

  1. 22nd July 2015 / 11:50 pm

    What a lovely post, I really like all of your choices, both the causal and smart outfits. Mind you I would stick with the smart for the interview and wear the causal once employed! I adore pencil skirts, always great for the office!
    Lovely post thank you

  2. 22nd July 2015 / 11:51 pm

    These are some great pics! I love those white shoes 🙂

  3. 23rd July 2015 / 12:13 am

    That blue blouse is absolutely AMAZING!! I love those loose wrap over styles xxxx

  4. 23rd July 2015 / 1:15 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! This post is awesome, and love both sets of choices. You seriously have enabled me to want everything in Casual Smart. lol

  5. 23rd July 2015 / 1:41 am

    Beautiful picks! I love Express and The Limited for work appropriate attire!

  6. 23rd July 2015 / 5:05 pm

    Agree about your work attire! But I prefer to use light colour or bright colour clothes instead of the classic grey, black or white.

  7. 23rd July 2015 / 9:46 pm

    For attire during interview, I will prefer monotone means black and white and all covered uo.

  8. 23rd July 2015 / 11:01 pm

    I alwayas wear dress and heels on my job interviews. Atleast after my interview I can go out with friends without changing my outfit 😉

  9. 24th July 2015 / 12:08 am

    First impression is really lasting. Unfortunately, clothes do count as much as your resume as they tell people about your personality. So you really need to choose your outfit well.

  10. 24th July 2015 / 2:45 am

    Definitely the perfect pieces for women to wear to a job interview. You gotta look clean and put together and these clothes do the trick! 🙂

  11. Elizabeth O.
    24th July 2015 / 2:59 am

    I love the outfits and yes, they are the perfect clothes to wear for an interview. I love the dress in the second photo.

  12. 24th July 2015 / 3:54 am

    I always feel wearing heels gives some kind of confidence when going for an interview. Nice dress for the interview.

  13. 24th July 2015 / 8:24 am

    Your outfit can really bring a good impression for interviews. Dress smart and simple but always be sure you bring an aura of confidence.

  14. 24th July 2015 / 10:42 am

    I would always go smart however I do love the black trouser and white top combo in the top image. Some great choices here!

  15. 24th July 2015 / 11:16 am

    It is a universal truth that First impression lasts so when going for a job interview it is nice to show the best of you.

  16. 25th July 2015 / 5:31 pm

    The trousers with the blue blouse would be amazing x

  17. 26th July 2015 / 10:21 am

    These are some great ideas! 🙂

  18. 27th July 2015 / 3:06 am

    For the smart casual part, it's already my everyday wardrobe. I especially love using eaither a printed top or bottom then pairing with a plain piece, to keep it still corporate.

  19. 28th July 2015 / 5:17 am

    Choice of clothes are so important for interviews! These are some great choices x

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