Up there with first dates, job interviews present one of the most stressful outfit decisions you’ll ever have to make. To help you out, we caught up with a few people who have successfully negotiated the notoriously taxing recruitment process here at ASOS and asked them to show off the ‘fits that helped them get the gig.
JOB INTERVIEW STYLE GUIDE
By Matt Glazebrook, 17 October 2016
John, graphic designer
Wearing: Fred Perry blue lambswool cardigan, Marks & Spencer denim shirt, black Levi’s 520 jeans, grey socks, black Sebago Docksides.
Why: ‘This is more or less what I wore to my interview. At the time, I had brown suede Sebago Docksides and instead of jeans I wore black COS chinos. I chose this as it seemed the right balance been smart and casual.
Nick, brand marketing executive
Wearing: Derbies, blue-wash skinny jeans, white shirt and overcoat, all ASOS.
Why: ‘I wanted to look smart but not overly formal. A smart white shirt with your buttons fastened to the top is a reliable go-to. I didn't wear a tie or blazer to make it feel less business interview-y and more relaxed and creative feeling.’
Dean, digital marketing operations manager
Wearing: Brown Mark McNairy crepe-soled leather derby shoes, dark denim organic high kai jeans from Nudie (turned up at the hem) and a long-sleeved Reiss polo shirt.
Why: ‘I like to wear smart, quality pieces that are fairly basic in colour. It’s important to feel comfortable and not too constrained in an outfit, but also presentable when it counts. This outfit can be dressed down with a wool overcoat and backpack, or dressed up with a blazer and the top button done up.’
Wearing: Cheap Monday jeans, ASOS sweatshirt, Uniqlo shirt, Nike SB Eric Koston 2 sneakers.
Why: ‘This is just a simple black outfit: clean, comfortable and just smart enough.’
Need more inspiration? Check out our video guide below.
How to dress for a job interview in the creative industries
You’re hired! Well, at least you will be if you wear this outfit to your next job interview. Full disclosure – this will not land you a job at a bank. But it’s a look that hits the nail square on the creative industry’s head (media, advertising, publishing, fashion – that kind of thing) and one that sits perfectly in an office that values strong steez above stuffy suits.