Wear this to an interview
By Libby Banks, 7 April 2015
One of the most anxiety-inducing moments in adult life has to be the job interview. The only thing that can make the process a bit more bearable is confidence – and that starts with how you look.
Your expertly crafted CV might have got you through the door, but now it’s all about the presentation – if you’ve got the chops to rule the boardroom, you need the wardrobe to back it. The key is to invest in a classic suit and then change it up to make it work for you.
For those eyeing the corner office
A swift jump to director level requires an outfit that shows your future employer you have big ambitions. Looking professional is of upmost importance here, so don’t ditch the tie and make sure your suit is pressed. Remember that ties should always hit the belt line and keep it simple with a four-in-hand knot. The chunkier Windsor is best left to 90s footballers.
For the true creative
Showing your personality is a plus for landing a job in any creative company, but this isn’t an invitation to hang loose in a onesie. You can afford to forgo the tie – and socks – if you feel like it. Or add a dose of colour with bright socks or a patterned pocket square. The key is to show a bit of the ‘real’ you while keeping the overall look polished.
For the future Zuckerberg
Tech start-ups tend to have a more laid-back vibe, and the chances are that your interviewer will be wearing trainers and a T-shirt. You need to look semi-professional, though. Our advice? Ditch the tie and unbutton your shirt. You can even afford a sprinkling of stubble and some heavy-framed specs.