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What Not To Wear To An Interview

Friday, 15 August 2014 10:33

An invitation for an interview shows that you look good on paper, but during the interview you need to prove that you look even better in person.

Job interviews are all about making a good first impression, so you need to make sure you look the part and stand out. However, it is important not to stand out for the wrong reasons.

CEO at, Chris Meredith, has shared his top seven tips on what not to wear to a job interview.


1. Casual Clothes

Lots of companies have a casual dress code in the office, but turning up to an interview in a pair of jeans will make you look unprofessional.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you can turn up for an interview looking like you’ve arrived on your skate board as it won’t give the impression of a hard worker. Instead, smarten up and show you really care about the job.

2. Inappropriate footwear

Just like jeans, trainers and sandals are way too casual to wear to a job interview.

So dig out your best shoes and make sure you give them a good polish. Dirty, worn shoes will give the impression that you have not made an effort and don’t really care about the opportunity.

Extremely high heels aren’t a good idea either. Hobbling into
a job interview in a pair of shoes you can’t walk in is not a good look and you might look like you’re going on a night out rather than a job interview.

3. Revealing clothes

Showing too much flesh doesn’t look professional and could even offend an employer.

Low cut or see-through tops are distracting and the interviewer may be thinking too much about what you are wearing (or not wearing) rather than what you are saying.

Women should avoid wearing clothes that show too much flesh like

cropped tops, short skirts 
or see through white tops with a bright bra, whilst men should steer clear of trousers with a low waist, as showing your underwear in an interview is inappropriate.

4. Eau de B.O.

Making sure you present yourself in the best way possible doesn’t just apply to what you wear.

Turning up to an interview smelling of B.O. is enough to put any employer off, so ensure that you smell nice by wearing fresh clothes and some perfume. If your interview isn’t until later in the day, make sure you are prepared by taking some deodorant with you.

First impressions count, and so making sure you make the right one is imperative.

5. Ripped or dirty clothes

It is important to prepare for your interview before the big day, and checking your outfit for rips, stains and creases should be part of your preparation.

Turning up to an interview with
a coffee stained shirt or frayed trousers will make you look sloppy and will immediately lower you in the interviewer’s expectations.

The same applies when it comes to your hair and face as well. Turning up to a job interview with your lunch smeared over your face will not send out the impression you’re hoping to make

6. Novelty Ties

It goes without saying that job interviews are a serious occasion, so make sure you abide by this when choosing what to wear. Steer clear of novelty ties or slogan t-shirts so your interviewer knows you’re taking them seriously.

Clothing with slogans or distracting patterns on may be fashionable, but something that you find funny could be taken in a completely different way and may cause offence.

Stick to simple classic clothing like a plain white shirt or a
black blouse to ensure that the interviewer’s attention is entirely on you.

7. Excessive make-up and nails

Make sure that when you go to an interview you are not only dressing appropriately, but also that your hair, make-up and nails are just as suitable.Wearing lots of make up may distract the employer and gives the impression that you’re
fake. Opt for a natural look that highlights your features and isn’t over the top.When it comes to nails and hair, follow the same rules. Nails that are too long or look like you’ve dipped your hands in a bowl of glitter will make you look as if you’re not serious about your job and give the wrong impression.