First impressions are very important for a corporate job interview. It is always best to be overdressed than underdressed, as you don't want to be remembered for the wrong reasons. I am always explaining to candidates that they need to be 'fully suited and booted' for an interview, so I thought I would give a detailed explanation of what 'suited and booted, business attire or corporately presented' means.
- A matching suit blazer and pants – I think black is always a safe option
- A clean and ironed shirt – no bright colours or patterns
- A tie – again nothing too busy or with patterns, tied properly
- Black socks and black polished shoes
- Ensure that your hair is neat and tidy
- Remove any excess or heavy jewellery
- A matching suit blazer and pants (or skirt), or a corporate dress
- Ensure your skirt or dress sits on your knee
- If you wear the suit pants or skirt, a clean and ironed shirt or blouse, nothing too revealing or low cut
- Stockings (no holes or ladders) and a pair of polished, closed toe black heels
- Ensure your hair is neat and tidy, tied back and out of your face
- Corporate make up – no heavy eye liner or coloured eye shadow
- A neutral nail colour (or no nail varnish to be safe)
- No heavy or excess jewellery – remove all jewellery, including multiple ear piercings to be safe
Remember this is a job interview, not the runway!