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7 Interview Outfit Tips Employers Want You To Know

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You’ve got a killer CV and are ready for any question an interviewer might throw at you. Now all you need is an outfit that will help the employer really see you as a future employee.

These 7 tips are all from people that have recently been hiring for roles – follow this advice and a new job could soon be on the cards for you! 


1- Save big logos for the weekend

Helen Harker, Design manager at work-wear retailer Simon Jersey warns against wearing obviously branded clothes: “Save big logos for the weekend”.

Ignore the advice at your peril: “Many interviewers are likely to turn somebody down because of how they’re dressed”.


2- Actually, you can be overdressed

The importance of researching the company that you’re interviewing for was one theme that came up again and again. If you’re heading to a startup that means it is possible to overdress.

As Scott Woodley, co-founder of online tutor platform Tutora, put it: “Our aim is to help parents and families, not to tackle company accounts, so it’s always slightly strange when people turn up as if they’re off to the Oscars.”

Does that mean candidates don’t need to make an effort? Of course not, but “Their effort should be invested in matching the business you’re interviewing for”.  

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3- The role you’re interviewing for is a factor

Inigo Antolin, Head of Marketing at e-commerce design, development and marketing company Ecomnova, illustrates how there can be different rules for people applying for a technical role and a marketing role.

For tech positions, “appearance does not play a major role”, while someone applying for a “role related to the brand image” such as social media or content may be expected to reflect the high end positioning of brands such as Appleyard Flowers.

Inigo adds that while it’s just one of many factor in the recruitment process, how someone dresses “gives you hints to whether they are in line with the brand philosophy and will they be able to communicate with their new peers and customers in an efficient manner.”


4- Be stylish if the role calls for it – but stay classy

Emma Burke, online editor of fashion retailer Jules B often wants to know if candidates are aware of current trends or have a keen interest in fashion.

Candidates that “put a bit of thought into their outfit from a style perspective” can “make a great first impression by showing you look ready for the role”.  

Once again, there is a warning about weekend wear: “Anything too revealing is a no no. It’s just not necessary and can be off-putting if your interview look is the same as your Friday night ensemble.”

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5- Hygiene is a non-negotiable part of any outfit

Luke Hughes, cofounder of personal trainer course provider Origym, expects interviewees applying for personal training roles “to attend in gym-based gear that is non branded and smart”. Wearing something new also “demonstrates that you invest in your profession”.

But whatever job you’re applying for, and whatever the dress code, one rule always applies: “standards of hygiene are paramount”. 


6- You don’t need to dazzle – just get the basics right

“Make sure your clothes are clean and ironed, and shoes have been polished” says Lewis Fawsitt, Head of Global Recruitment at Acorn. This is basic stuff, but you don’t need to do much more than get the basics right.

“Ultimately employers are looking for skills and the right fit, clothes can be changed but personality traits and abilities are permanent – the trick therefore is simply to not make your clothes an issue for them”.

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7- Some employers don’t care what you wear 

While some employers will be taking note of what you’ve chosen to wear, for Yummy Pubs founder Tim Foster, it simply isn’t a factor.

Instead, Tim looks for “a genuine interest in being part of our family. I couldn’t care less if they showed up in a t-shirt or a suit”.