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What to Wear to a Job Interview

shutterstock_132759020First impressions count, especially when it comes to job interviews. According to LinkedIn?s career expert Nicole Williams, ?On a job interview, your attire makes a statement about yourself before you even open your mouth.? Getting your outfit right can make all the difference when you?re after a new employment situation.

Follow these tips to get your interview outfit right:

Research the company culture

While you should already be looking into what the company is all about for your interview, it?s worth trying to find out about their dress code too. Today businesses can range from a formal attire style to casual wear being appropriate for the office. This can also depend on the industry the company is in too. For example, stick with a suit and tie or business dress and blazer if you are interviewing for a job in the legal or financial industries. IT start ups and creative agencies generally have a more laid back office vibe. If the dress sense in a business leans towards casual, don?t dress down too much. Still keep it professional, although men probably lose the tie and women can get away with flats.


Some general rules to follow include:

  • nothing too short or skimpy

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  • no open toe shoes

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  • avoid flashy jewellery that can distract interviewers from what you are saying

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  • avoid stained clothes and scuffed shoes

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  • iron your outfit so it doesn?t have wrinkles


Get your colour right

One recent study has revealed that it?s not just what clothes you wear that matters, but the shade they?re in too. The research revealed that blue and black are the best colours to go with for an interview, while orange is the worst. The study surveyed over 2000 HR professionals and hiring managers on what certain colours suggested to them about a candidate. The results revealed that some shades make a big statement about the type of person you are. For example, black suggests a leader and blue says you are a team player. Bright shades like green, orange or yellow say you are a creative, but don?t elicit any sense of trust or commitment so it?s best to avoid them.



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