The ultimate guide on what to wear for a job interview According to head-hunters.

The selection process for a job gets more complex every year. Some companies start the process with interviews using Artificial Intelligence and then move on to live interviews. You as a smart and well-informed person have of course heard about the importance of making a good first impression. But dressing properly for a job interview is not just about making that good impression, but also making you, the interviewee, feel more confident and positive.

So, imagine the first steps of selection are behind you. You passed the tests, the case studies, and your application went forward. Now it’s time to meet your next boss face to face. This is the moment the big question pops up: what to wear for a job interview? We’ve researched the most significant head-hunters and career advice websites to assemble the ultimate guide on what to wear for a job interview.

There is no single uniform for an interview, as each profession requires a different type of dress. But in every job interview, you have to be neat, tidy and well dressed.

1- Blue is the best colour to wear in a job interview, but why?

Ultimate guide on what to wear for a job interview- woman wearing a blue marine belted suit

The classic marine blue blazer or jacket is not only a safe choice but according to headhunters, blue communicates efficacy, organizational skills and trustfulness. Navy blue is on the top of our guide on what to wear for a job interview. But what if this is not the right shade for your skin colour?

2- Here is the second-best colour to wear in a job interview. 

Ultimate guide on what to wear for a job interview- woman wearing a black blazer, denim and boots
A black blazer paired with a white top and denim is chic and relaxed at the same time

Black is for everyone. A black blazer with dark well-cut jeans and a pristine white shirt will convey the message that you are goal-oriented, competent and focused. Black suit, black little dress, a black pullover, the options are all safe and correct.

3-  Neutral colours are your best friends when applying for a job.

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Neutral colours are your best friend to a job interview

You don’t want to experiment with your fashion style in a job interview. So, neutral colours like beige, grey and white are undoubtedly elegant and discreet. These colours combinations elevate the outfit, making it look more expensive than it really is. As a result, first-class colours make you look already successful, and your future boss will take this into consideration.

4- Are red and orange bad choices? 

Ultimate guide on what to wear for a job interview- Stylist wearing a black suit with red earrings and a red scarf
Use strong colours just as a touch, a detail

The best jobs&careers websites suggest avoiding these colours. Although red represents power, energy and force, it is better not to wear it in your first interview. This is because you want to show your skills as a good team worker, a flexible person, someone who will add value to the work environment. And red and its hues can be ‘read’ as the opposite; someone provocative, narcissistic and trouble maker. However, you can add some red or orange in your accessories in small drops like the fashionista above running late to her next fashion show.

5- And what about accessories for a job interview?

Ultimate guide on what to wear for a job interview - fashion editor wearing a denim jumpsuit with sunglasses and a hoop
Less is more.

If you are thinking to wear a hat or beanie to meet your future boss for the first time, don’t do it. Hats are a no-go accessory. And so is too much bling-bling. Take into consideration that you are not going to a cocktail party. So, excessive jewellery works as a distraction and also can be interpreted as a sign of superficiality. However, you can wear a good watch, a nice ring, a small earring, and eventually, a slick chain.

6- Do T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies belong to the corporate world?

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Consider your career. A graphic designer should be dressed in a more informal way than a lawyer for example.

If you are an IT genius heading to Silicon Valley or into any creative career, these three staple pieces in your wardrobe are perfect for a job interview. However, choose plain ones without graphics or controversial messages. You don’t want to start a discussion with your potential boss in your first meeting, do you? 

7- Shoes or how to step with the right foot into a job interview.

Ultimate guide on what to wear for a job interview - fashion editor wearing a black blazer, denim and pink flats
Not too high, not too sexy, not too cheap

I bet you that in the first 90 seconds of your job interview, your interviewer will check what shoes you are wearing.

So guys, invest a little more in your shoes and socks. You will thank us for this advice. We promise you that brown natural leather loafers will put you to the side of the winners. And wear classic socks (no funny little patterns) matching your jacket—for example, a blue marine jacket with classic jeans, blue marine socks and loafers.

And girls, no high heeled platforms or overly sexy shoes are the right choices. Contrary, choose flats or low heels. Remember that comfort and modesty are on your side.

8- What do toiletries have to do with a job interview?

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Looks fresh like a daisy

That’s my favourite part of Notorious-mag’s ultimate guide for a job interview. Because hygiene and self-care can say a lot about your personality and organizational skills. Having said that, clean your teeth before going to a job interview and don’t forget to spray a fresh deodorant. Being polished will make you feel comfortable and self-assured. However, even though perfume is inspiring, it should be used in moderation; be subtle. Regarding nail polish, choose nude shades. In this case, the message is that you will do your job as clean as you are.

9- How should be your makeup.

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Look natural and glowy

No-makeup makeup is the way to go. You want to look radiant and fresh-faced during your job interview. So, start with your skincare, the base of a good makeup result. In other words, cleaning and moisturizing your face to get natural glow skin. In the sequence, apply sunscreen. Then, you are ready to start with the makeup. NOT TOO MUCH makeup. However, it’s important to apply concealer under the eyes and dark circles. Then, instead of using foundation, apply a good quality powder to even your skin colour; it’s the best way to get a natural look. 

The next step is applying the blush on the cheeks and a bit on your eyelids and mascara. Finally, treat your lips with a creamy nude colour lipstick, avoiding anything too glowy or with a wet effect. 

10- Pay attention to the temperature of the day.

During Summer, the majority of the offices have air condition, so take with you a small cardigan because you don’t want to start shaking in front of your potential boss. During Winter, choose an outfit that you can take your pullover off if the heating system is too hot because you don’t want to start sweating. Both, shaking and sweating can be ‘read’ as a sign of nervousness or insecurity.

11- Nail your job interview.

Following our guide on what to wear for a job interview will make you look polished and comfortable and will help you and your future boss focus positively on your skills and potential. 

Of course, the first thing in a job interview is your education, knowledge and experience in what you do. The second is how you communicate your expertise. So, feeling confident and relaxed is very important. That’s why your appearance is relevant in this kind of meeting.

Since we are sure you will get the job you are looking for, here are an infographic to help you to be more productive:

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By Selma

I am the editor-in-chief of notorious-mag.com and co-founder of vienna-skincare.at. I have also been working as creative director at 407.media, a marketing agency headquartered in Vienna, Austria, with offices in Hamburg, Germany, and Madrid, Spain.

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