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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds You wear clothes that are appropriate for every different occasion. For example, you wouldn’t wear the same clothes to an interview that you would wear to a party or going out clubbing. If you are going for an interview, you need give the employer or admissions tutor the message that you are professional and capable. You need to get your outfit right. This usually means something fairly formal, but comfortable, as it could be a long day. Invest in a smart suit that will last for years, or for men smart trousers with a shirt and tie. Women could opt for a dress and jacket. Go for plain designs not lots of bright, colourful patterns.

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 seconds Don’t wear clothes that are too revealing or ill-fitting, and don’t show your underwear. Employers and admissions tutors don’t want to see those boxers or bra straps. Wear smart shoes and make sure they are clean. Make sure you freshen up before the interview and reapply makeup if you wear it, but don’t overdo it. Brush your teeth and clean your fingernails. Be restrained with your accessories. Avoid gaudy jewellery and leave the novelty tie at home. Don’t over power the interviewer with aftershave or perfume. Try to keep it subtle. Cover up your tattoos and body piercings, apart from earrings.

Skip to 1 minute and 14 seconds You may be proud of them, but you don’t want the interviewer translating the tattoos up your arm, while you’re trying to make a point. If an employer invites you for an informal interview, they may suggest you dress smart casual. But what does this really the mean? Go too casual and they may think you’re not bothered. Overdress and you’ll feel uncomfortable. Women should wear a dress, skirt, or trousers, and a plain jumper, or shirt and cardigan. Try to keep the jewellery fairly simple. Men should wear trousers and a clean shirt. It can be open-necked but only the top button. Employers don’t want to see too much of what’s underneath. Wear a plain jumper. Avoid wearing jeans, T-shirts, or hoodies.

Skip to 1 minute and 56 seconds Wear shoes not trainers, and make sure they’re clean. If you need a top layer, a fairly smart jacket or coat should do it. Make sure everything is clean and pressed. Video interviews are becoming increasingly popular with employers, but what should you wear for them? We suggest that you treat video interviews in exactly the same way as any other interview. Avoid dazzling the camera by wearing brilliant white or bright colours, small stripes, or busy patterns. Dress smartly and try to use solid, plain colours. Finally, for all types of interview, plan your outfit beforehand so your clothes are washed and pressed, and there’s no last minute rush. Try out your clothes before the day to check the overall effect and comfort level.

Skip to 2 minutes and 40 seconds You don’t want to be distracted by realising one of your buttons is missing or what you’re wearing feels tight. Remember, you want the interviewer to be listening to what you’re saying, not critiquing what you are wearing.

What to wear at interview

First impressions are crucial.

Your visual impact, such as the way you dress, your facial expressions and your body language, can help you to create a positive first impression.

Let’s start with what to wear at interview.

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