Dress To Impress – What Should You Wear For An Interview?

Recruitment Consultant, David Drinkwater, discusses the importance of dressing to impress.

You only ever get one shot at a first impression so make sure it’s a good one

You only have one chance to make a great first impression and the first and most obvious way to do this is by dressing correctly for your interview.

It is becoming increasingly more common in the working world nowadays where companies/businesses dress down every day to encourage working in a relaxed atmosphere, however if you have an interview with an organisation for an office job then you definitely should go suited and booted, especially if you are competing against other candidates for the position. Dress smart and it shows you are serious about the job.

Personally, I am a huge believer that you dress for the job you want not the job you have. If you aren’t certain about the dress code I would always go dressed professionally unless stated otherwise. If you are unsure, there is no harm in asking the company or recruiter what to wear.

Still not sure you’ve completely nailed it – here are some helpful pointers:

1. Don’t forget to polish your shoes!

2. Wear something memorable (but not over-the-top). Maybe wear a pocket square, scarf or broach and this will give the interviewer something to remember you by.

3. Come fully prepared with a copy of your CV and covering letter- bring these in a smart folder or briefcase for extra bonus points.

So you got the job, how do you dress now?

Congratulations! You beat the competition and secured your dream job, but now what to wear for your first day?

Think back to your interview and remember what other employees were wearing, try and replicate this and you can’t go far wrong. As mentioned earlier, some companies have dress down day every day so ask about this in your interview so you don’t turn up looking super smart when everybody is casually dressed.

About David

David has been a recruiter at Enterprise Sales Personnel Ltd since 2015, having originally come from a sales background. He is responsible for placing the best IT sales talent across the UK.

If you are looking for your next IT sales career move and would like to speak to David, contact him on 0161 446 4160 or email him directly david@enterprisesp.co.uk