What NOT To Wear To A Job Interview

Anna Wintour

by Rebecca Cox |
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Wearing the right outfit won’t necessarily score you the job (sorry), but it WILL give you the best possible chance of setting a good first impression.

It’s widely believed that your potential employer has decided whether or not they’ll hire you within the first five minutes of any interview – so setting a good first impression is vital. Need a little help in the wardrobe department?

Follow these tips to sartorial success. The dream job will follow. Probably.

1. Smart, not casual

Whether or not you’re going for a job where there’s a strict dress-code, now is not the time to show off your on-trend ripped boyfriend jeans. Dress as if you’ve got the job and you’ve got a meeting with the head of the company. The whole ‘dress for the job you want, not the one you have’ thing – it’s an oldie but a goodie.

2. Of jacket importance

With that in mind, it’s all about finding the perfect suit jacket. Whether you decide on a two-piece co-ord, full suit or just a pretty printed dress, finishing your look off with a smart jacket is vital. We’ve picked five gorgeous ones that just scream ‘hire me’ – shop them at the bottom of this story.

3. Be comfortable

Now is not the time to break in those five-inch Louboutins, or test-run the leather shift dress. Choose something you’ve worn (as a complete outfit) at least twice so you know that firstly, it works as an outfit and secondly, you’ll be comfortable in it and not adjusting, sweating, or otherwise concentrating on your outfit when you should be wowing your interviewer.

4. Banish black

If all your favourite dresses or jackets happen to be black, we’re not saying you have to invest in an all-new interviewing wardrobe, but just make sure there’s something non-black in your ensemble. Adding a statement print blouse or a metallic block heel will show a little personality and make you more memorable. Just remember what Anna Wintour says: “I'd never wear 'head-to-toe black.” (And nor should you.)

5. The ultimate accessory

You’ve packed your iPad, portfolio and notepad into your most stylish tote; now to pack the most important thing of all – your smile. Yes, it’s cheesy but believe us, if you don’t wear one, you won’t get the job.

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Invest in one of these interview-perfect blazers, now:


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Autograph Blazer, £85, Marks & Spencer

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Bamboo Print Double-Breasted Blazer, £59, Topshop

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Haider Ackermann Satin-trimmed linen and silk-blend blazer, £1120, NetAPorter

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Long Print Jacket, £59.99, Zara

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Stella McCartney Fleur porcelain wool blazer, £845, Harvey Nichols

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