CHOOSING AN OUTFIT FOR INTERVIEW
Don't choose anything that you haven't worn before. While it might be tempting to buy a new outfit for the occasion, you don't want a major wardrobe mishap, like a split seam or an 'I-so-didn't-realise-this-was-see-through' moment on your big day. If you can't resist buying something new for your job interview, buy in advance and road test the outfit a few days before. If you're prone to sweat marks or blushing, choose a dark colour.
Confidence is key
If you own a smart dress or suit that you always get compliments in, don't be afraid to reach for your old favourite. You'll feel confident in the knowledge that you look good, meaning you can focus on what you came to the job interview to sell… yourself.
Black = boring
If black is your comfort blanket when it comes to clothes, don't shy away from it, but add a splash of colour or a print to stop you blending in with other candidates. A printed silk blouse under a classic black jacket is a great interview outfit. Just avoid wearing a black dress under a black jacket teamed with black shoes. It would take a whole lot of smiling to brighten that look.
Speaking of smiling, there really is no better accessory. Always, always start your interview with a big smile as you greet your interviewer, no matter how nervous you feel. It will make them instantly warm to you and start things off on a good note. Smile and nod at your interviewer as they are talking to you as well, you'll keep the energy of the interview positive.
Shoes. They matter
When your interviewer glances up and down at you as you arrive, their gaze will finish on your shoes. Make sure they are clean. Never ever choose heels that you have trouble walking in - you don't know how far you'll have to walk through the building to the meeting room. A closed-toe mid-heel is the safest option, and while it's best to avoid fluoro-brights, a print or pastel style can add a brighter touch to your outfit.
Written by Joyce Blackwell