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How to Dress Appropriately for A Job Interview.

How to Dress Appropriately for A Job Interview.


Have you ever turned up to a job interview in a tiger costume, only realising that you’ve overdressed when it’s too late to change?

OK, that might be a bit of an extreme, but the principle stands. Nobody wants to turn up at a job interview dressed inappropriately – even if your tiger costume is impressive. Luckily for you, we’re going to be going over some of the biggest points you need to know when preparing for your next interview. So, sit back, relax, take off that tiger costume, and enjoy.

Here’s how to dress appropriately for a job interview.


The Necessities.

You wouldn’t be the first person that, in the process of planning what to wear for an interview, forgets the little things. However, these little things can be the difference between you landing the position, and the interviewer considering other candidates.

Cutting your nails to an appropriate length is a must, and, if possible, tying your hair back into a smart and appropriate fashion will always help. Of course, if you have a short back and sides, this might be difficult, but we’re sure you can manage to find a suitable alternative.

Making sure your clothes are washed and clean are essentials, and so is polishing your shoes where appropriate. In the unlikely event that the interviewer or business has requested you to wear trainers to the interview, Drake Recruitment Ltd does not suggest putting shoe polish on them.


General Look.

If you’re applying for an apprenticeship role in a small building firm, a Prada suit may not be the most appropriate choice.

Before attending a job interview, you’ll want to do some research on the business. If you’re not told when you’re invited to the interview, you can always ask what the dress code is. After all, it’s better to ask and know, than to guess and be wrong. Much of this point comes down to common sense. If you’re interviewing for a role in a bank, don’t wear anything too outlandish. If it’s working with kids, put away your death metal band t-shirts.

With regard to tattoos, I will speak from experience. As someone with tattoos, I’ve always found that the best approach is to do your best to cover them as well as you can for the interview. Prove to the employer or interviewer that they cannot afford to not hire you, then, when they ask if you have any questions, it’s your time to strike. “With regards to tattoos in the workplace, can I ask where you stand?”. Of course, you should always expect that they will ask you to cover them up as best you can – as is the norm in many workplaces. However, once you’ve proven to them that you’re the right person for the job, you stand a better chance of being considered for the role regardless of how you look. Not to say that how you look should be considered for how well you can perform the role. However, that’s a discussion for another time.

Side note – never assume that having tattoos on show is OK, even if the interviewer or employer has them. Because you know what they say about assuming…


Don’t Overthink It.

As daunting as it may be, you’re going to want to not overthink what to wear to your next interview. Don’t get us wrong, you’re going to want to make sure your shoes are polished and smart, but I don’t think the interviewer will mind that one bow of your laces is longer than the other.

If you’re spending more time choosing a tie than you are reading our blogs about job interviews, you’re doing something wrong.

Bottom line – look presentable. Its highly unlikely that the interviewer will judge you harshly for the colour of clothes you’ve worn to the interview. Even if they did, ask yourself if that’s a company you’d want to work for. As long as your clothes are smart, suitable, and follow the guidelines given to you for the interview, you’ll be fine.


Don’t Go Brand-New.

I can see the thinking here. New job = new dress, new suit, or new shoes. After all, you can’t go wrong with new clothes for a job interview, right?

Well, actually, you can.

We’ve all been there – you’ve bought new clothes specifically for a special occasion. You look and feel great in them – right up until the moment you wear them properly, at which time they choose to become the itchiest thing you’ve ever worn…

Job interviews can be intimidating and scary, no matter your level of experience or the role you’re interviewing for. So, do yourself a favour, don’t wear brand-new, never-worn clothing of any type to the interview. As much as we’re sure the interviewer will understand if your clothes are uncomfortable, rubbing your back against the chair like Baloo doesn’t exactly scream “I’m the right person for this job”.


The Extras.

It’s all well and good looking smart and presenting yourself well, but if you stink of smoke or have bits of Cornish pasty between your teeth, the whole look is lost. The same can be said if you accidentally spill some of that cheap energy drink you bought at the shop on the corner down your shirt. So, when it comes to eating and drinking, we’d recommend trying your best to wait until after the interview. Either this or before you get dressed in your smart clothes.

If you’re a smoker, we’d say the same – wait until after the interview. The smell of smoke can be off-putting if you’re sat in a small room together for the interview. Vapers, we recommend the same.

If you’re sporting a beard, this will vary from business to business. However, giving yourself a trim and making it neater won’t hurt your chances of landing the job. You shouldn’t encounter any issues with regards to facial hair, but you also don’t want it to be a distraction – either to the interviewer or to yourself. After all, it’d be a shame if you’d dressed smart and look professional for the interview, only for the interviewer to focus more on the one hair of your beard that decides to point in the opposite direction to the rest.



There you have it, all the basics you need to know about how to dress appropriately for a job interview.

If you’re looking for more blogs on how to nail your next job interview, why not click here to read more? Or, if you think you’re ready to apply for a new job, check out our vacancies here.

Thanks for reading, and we’ll see you all on the next one.

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