It is no secret that interviews are hard. It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for a new job, a move in your current workplace, or perhaps to secure funding for a start-up that you want to pursue, all of these interviews are designed to make you sweat.
One of the main questions that many people seem to ask when it comes to attending an interview, is what should I wear? Of course, you want to look formal enough to come across as a professional person, but you also want to make sure that you are comfortable too.
So, aside from trying to achieve this happy (albeit tricky) median, what else can you consider when it comes to what to wear for an interview.
Don’t wear something new
Whilst it may be tempting to wear something brand new to a job interview, this isn’t always the best idea. It is a much better idea to make sure that you are wearing something that you know fits you, that you know looks nice and that you are comfortable in, something that you simply cannot tell if you have only just bought it from the shop. Wearing something new opens up a variety of issues with what you are wearing that you might not have even realised.
Make sure that your outfit comes together
You might not realise it, and they probably wouldn’t know it either, but your prospective employers are going to be look at you to make sure that you come together well. That you are organised. If you are wearing an outfit that looks like you have simply chosen whatever was clean in your wardrobe, then they may think that you are not the best at being organised and prepared for something. However, if you are rocking full on co-ordination with your outfit, this presents as someone who knows what they need to do.
Still be you
It is all too common that someone will attend an interview wearing something that is entirely alien to them. Of course, you want to make sure that you look professional, and if you live in jeans or tracksuits then this is going to be hard going, but you can still dress like yourself.
If you have a particular style of clothes, colour or fit that is more you than others, then plan to wear these. Not only will you feel comfortable, but you will also be able to present yourself in the best way possible too.
Never forget to iron
One thing that you absolutely, 100% should never forget to do when it comes to attending an interview, it is ironing your clothes. There is no excuse to attend an interview with creased up clothes and believe us, if you don’t take the time to iron, then you are going to be seen in a truly negative light. If you are heading to a hotel beforehand and you are worried that you won’t be able to iron your clothes, then make sure that you take something that does not show up creases, or that can be easily hung in the bathroom when you shower and have the creases drop out of it.
Carry everything you need in a stylish bag
One thing that you don’t want to have to do at an interview, is find yourself struggling with an assortment of paperwork and document, trying to carry them around. The best way to make sure that you have everything you need, without it being all over the place, is to take a bag to your interview with you.
A leather laptop bag is a really good idea for this, not only does it have space for your documents in, but should you need anything, then chances are that it will be on your laptop.
Whilst what you wear might not be the deciding factor in whether or not you get your dream job, or secure funding for your startup, the clothes that you wear could make a difference on how you feel about yourself and whether or not you are confident.
So, when it comes to attending an interview, think carefully about what you want to wear, think carefully about how this will look and make sure that you select the right clothes to help you to secure your dream job.