Dressing for a job interview

During an interview, the first impression you make is the most important one. Whether you’re a Sales Consultant, General Manager, Service Advisor or Receptionist, the first judgment an interviewer will make is based on how you look and what you are wearing. That’s why, in many cases, it is still important to dress professionally for a job interview, regardless of what employees wear. They already have the job; you don’t yet. Once you commence work, you can then determine the appropriate attire.

Being well dressed is a form of politeness and there are different expectations for men to women. We suggest that you dress a step up from what the typical daily dress is for the role, because generally speaking, it’s better to be over-dressed than to be under-dressed. You only get one shot at a first impression, don’t waste it by not ironing your shirt.

These points may seem obvious, but sadly, they aren’t always adhered to. Follow these tips to avoid looking like you have a court date rather than job interview.

Men’s Interview Attire

  • Solid dark coloured suit (dry cleaned)
  • Ironed long sleeve shirt (this can be white or coordinated with the suit)
  • Belt & tie
  • Leather shoes with dark socks
  • Little or no jewellery
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Neatly groomed beard or clean shaven (we call it ‘manscaping’)
  • Subtle aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails

Women’s Interview Attire 

  • Dark coloured pant or skirt suit
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes and pantyhose
  • Limited jewellery (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
  • No jewellery is better than cheap jewelry
  • Neat hairstyle and light make-up
  • Subtle perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails

Note: Your suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably