Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsYou 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're going for an interview, you need to give the employer or admissions tutor the message that you're 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 40 secondsDon'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. 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. Cover up tattoos and body piercings apart from earrings. You may be proud of them, but you don't want the interviewer to be trying to translate 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 that you dress "smart casual".

Skip to 1 minute and 16 secondsBut what does that actually mean? Go too casual, and they might 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 neck, 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. Wear shoes, not trainers, and make sure they're clean. If you need a top layer, a fairly smart jacket or coat should do the trick. Make sure everything is clean and pressed.

Skip to 1 minute and 54 secondsVideo 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. Finally, for all types of interview, plan your outfit beforehand so your clothes are washed and pressed and there isn't a last minute rush. Try out your clothes before the day to check the overall effect and comfort level. 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 are saying, not critiquing what you're 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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