When it comes to a job interview, it is fair to say that you will be addressed the way you dress. While a successful interview is not guaranteed by dressing alone, it is important that candidates present themselves in a formal clothing. Every organisation is different and so is their dressing need, but the key is to dress above the dressing standard for the job you are applying for.

Dress smart, neat and moderately fashionable

The first thing to remember is that it is not about expensive cloth and up to date fashion. It is about dressing smart, neat and ensuring the clothes match in terms of type, pattern and colour. For both men and women, the suit is considered the most appropriate smart clothing for an interview. The suit never goes out of fashion, a woman has the option of wearing either a trouser or a skirt. Make sure the colour of your shirt correlates with the colour of the suit and the tie if you are wearing one.

Smart shoes and low heels

Ensure you are wearing formal shoes usually black or brown colours, women should be particularly wary of wearing high heel shoes. No trainers, slippers and colourful shoes are allowed, it will undermine the formal clothes you are wearing.

Bath, brush your teeth, tidy your hair and clean shave, and smell good

It may seem obvious that you need to have a clean bath before attending a job interview, but you will be surprised by the number of candidates whose smart appearance was flawed by their smelly body odour. Ensure you have a shower, cut your nails, brush your teeth, make sure your hair is tidy (men should have a clean shave), and if wearing a perfume, make sure it is moderate.

Make-up, earing, necklace and rings

There is nothing wrong with women wearing make-up to an interview, however, it must be moderate. Same applies to accessories such as earing, necklace and rings, keep it simple. Don’t let makeup and other accessories influence the interviewer’s opinion of who you really are.


Finally, whatever you’ve decided to wear, make sure you are well ready for the interview. Best of luck😊


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