What To Wear To An Interview
by Slaters Style February 21, 2020
Research suggests interviewers often take only five minutes or so to decide whether you’re even vaguely in the running for the job or not. If that’s true, you might well ask why they drag it on for another half hour or more? But more importantly, you should be wondering what you can do to make those first impressions count.
Well, before you get stuck into your qualifications, experience, willing and determination – and the standout personal qualities you clearly bring to the table – the research makes it clear that how you present yourself is kind of crucial. And it kind of makes sense. Rightly or wrongly, we all make snap judgements based on what people wear, so a suit is a powerful way to send positive messages in all kinds of scenarios.
First off: do your research
You may already have some idea of the dress code at your potential place of work, but having said that you wouldn’t wear an apron to an interview for a chef’s position, or a lab coat for a research job. Extreme examples, but the point is your interview outfit is arguably more about expressing professionalism and poise than your keenness and ability to do the work. That comes when you’ve passed the five-minute mark!
A good rule of thumb is simply to dress on the smarter side, especially for office-based or public-facing positions. Literally dress ‘up’ to show you’re taking the position seriously and appreciate that appearance matters. It’ll give you confidence, too.
Be a suit-able candidate
A well-fitting suit conveys self-respect and an awareness of presentation in formal situations, which are both important boxes to tick for any employer. Even if your potential working environment is normally relatively casual, it’s better to show that you can look amazing, even if you won’t normally have to.
Okay, let’s assume a suit is the best strategy. Let’s get into some specifics…
The tried and tested Two-Piece Suit
As an interview outfit, the two-piece suit is great for job interviews. There are all kinds of cuts and designs available at Slater Menswear, from our own established brands ONESIX5IVE, Charlton Grey, Guthrie & Valentine and Fellini Tailored, to selected cuts from the likes of Paul Costelloe. Add a plain shirt and match with shoes, tie and pocket square, and you’re well equipped to clear the first hurdle with aplomb.