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How to Dress for a Job Interview?

We’ve all been there: a job interview always entails some stress. An age-old question we’ve all asked ourselves: what should I wear for that occasion? Of course, your CV is essential, but recruiters will also assess the way you present yourself, even more so if your job requires you to interact with clients. This small guide will help you choose the best attire for your next job interview!

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Play the simplicity card!

Regardless of dress codes which vary from company to company, the most important thing is to keep it simple. We advise you to opt for a comfortable outfit in which you will feel at ease. Stay natural while keeping the company’s dress code in mind.

 

Adapt to the company’s style

Pick an outfit that complements the dress style of your workplace.

-        If you work in the law, finance or administration sector, jeans are a no-no! For women, choose a suit, a well-cut dress or wear pleated trousers with a blouse. When it comes to shoes, pumps are the safest choice but if you are not used to wearing heels, moccasins or ballerina shoes will do. As for men, the suit-and-tie and leather shoes combination is the best option.

 

Pull-On Crop Trousers

GAP

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-        If you work in sales, real estate or the hospitality industry: here again, it is better to settle on a classic outfit as explained above. You can later adapt your outfit to the company’s style, especially in the real estate sector.

 

-        If you work in the IT, journalism, communication or engineering sector, go for a casual attire. But mind you, casual does not always mean that you can go to your job interview wearing sneakers! Women can opt for a classic, plain-coloured dress or black pants (or even well-cut jeans) matched with a blouse. When it comes to shoes, pumps or moccasins will do. As for men, chino pants, a shirt and moccasins seem to be the ideal solution! Once you get the job, you will certainly be able to adapt your style.  

 

Solid Picot-Trim Top

Banana Republic

 

-        If you are a social worker or an educator or work in the construction sector, choose a casual outfit as mentioned above. Once you’ve secured the job, you can shift to practical and comfortable clothes.

 

Finally, in some industries like fashion or arts, recruiters encourage you to show off your style and creativity in choosing your outfit.

 

Some rules to follow:

 

-        Do not wear heels if you are not comfortable or cannot walk in them

-        Choose cotton clothes or light fabrics (especially in summer)

-        Forget your favourite sneakers

-        Do not wear see-through clothes or low necklines

-        Button your shirt correctly

-        Avoid printed garments

-        Hide your tattoos

-        Don’t overdo your makeup

-        Avoid distracting accessories

These are the keys to finding the perfect outfit for your next job interview. Don’t forget little details: they make all the difference!

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