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What should you wear for the job interview?


There's nothing quite like a job interview situation. High-pressure, nerve-wracking and stiflingly formal – What's not to love?

Like with any big occasion, looking the part is key. But it can be tough when you've got so many other things to think about. 

There's no specific right or wrong clothing choice, but it'll definitely pay to keep these points in mind...

1. Don't wear a brand new outfit
You need to be comfortable and you need to feel yourself for an interview. Wearing a completely new outfit isn't going to help you do that. 

There are so many things about a whole new outfit you won't be familiar with. Maybe it's got an annoying tag, maybe it's a bit on the itchy side, maybe it's shorter around the arms than you thought when you tried it on in the shop.

You don't need those distractions! Wear something tried and tested. Something you know you won't get too hot in. Something you know has worked wonders before. 

2. Layer up
Spring, summer, autumn or winter, you just never know how hot or cold it's going to be in that interview room. 

Make sure you're prepared for any eventuality by considering your layers – a two-layer shirt and jacket combination is the classic example.

If the radiator's cranked up when you get in there, you'll be able to slip the jacket off. If it's freezing, you can keep it on. Simple! 

3. Pay attention to detail
You might be concentrating so much on the big things that you neglect those tiny details. 

Make sure your shoes are polished, make sure you shirt's ironed and make sure your perfume or aftershave is at a minimum. 

These things are only noticeable when they're done wrong. Scuffed shoes or the aroma of an airport duty free will always come across as amateurish. 

4. Worry about style, not fashion
If you show up to the interview sporting the latest statement fashion, you're probably bringing an unnecessary distraction to the table. 

Peacocking to make yourself stand out might work in the dating game, but you're not going to feel comfortable or professional in the interview room. 

This is about you and your skills. Leave the latest seasonal purchases at home for this one! 

5. Do your laundry! 
There's nothing worse than getting to the interview, only to discover a rogue coffee stain on your shirt. 
We're sure the interviewer will be forgiving (they may sometimes even find it endearing), but it's tiny setbacks like this that can knock you off balance and make you self-conscious. 

Mum's not going to do it for you, so make sure this is all accounted for well in advance. A good rule of thumb is: 

Wash or dry clean your outfit a week in advance, then leave it hanging on the back of your bedroom door until the morning of the interview. Don't touch it until then!

That's your outfit sorted - now it's time to make sure you've got your technique nailed! Here's a handy guide to the STAR interview method. 

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