When it comes to nailing that job interview, confidence and style go hand-in-hand: the right outfit can spell the difference between feeling self-conscious and insecure versus walking in confident and poised with your head held high. We know which one we’d rather be!
While your experience, skills and interview technique are ultimately the most important factors in an interview, there’s no denying that first impressions count, and interviewers will naturally take note of – and be influenced by – how you present yourself.
To make sure you hit the right note, we’ve come up with five different interview looks for five different types of jobs. Even better: each head-to-toe look will cost you just £25 or less. Yes, really.
Now that you’re dressed to impress, all that’s left to say is: good luck!
1. The Fashion Interview
Whether it’s a fashion retail, eCommerce or PR job, one thing is for sure: looking immaculate and well put-together is a must. While it may be tempting to wear your most trend-ticking, fashion forward outfit, it’s important to remember not to overdo things: you want the interviewer to remember you for you, and not for your distracting outfit.
Opt for a chic and contemporary look by paring a simple Pleat Skater Dress with a Mock Croc Embossed Jacket. Accessories will up your fashion game and make this outfit ‘pop’; add a pair of killer Faux Leather Block Heel Boots with a smart, boxy bag like this White Glitter Jelly Bag.
2. The Corporate Interview
Office jobs in the legal and financial sectors require a smart and classic look. Stick to basic, unfussy pieces and avoid short skirt lengths and bare arms. Dress the part by pairing a nude-coloured Centre Pleat Blouse with a pencil skirt like the Tube Skirt. A Classic Wool Blend Blazer will really pull this outfit together, while a pair of Patent PVC Low Heel Pumps add gloss and sophistication.
3. The Creative Interview
Jobs in the creative industries – be it an ad agency, design job or tech start-up – tend to be more laidback and relaxed, but your job interview style should still be a smarter version of how you might normally look day-to-day in the role.
Belted Black Trousers teamed with a Dipped Hem White Blouse will keep things looking fresh and contemporary. Throw over a Belted Longline Jacket to keep the look chic and sleek and keep accessories to a minimum with a pair of Pointed Toe Ankle Boots and a Patterned Metal Necklace.
4. The Teaching Interview
If you’re looking to work or progress your career in education, you’ll want your interview outfit to strike the right balance between being friendly, approachable and smart. Steer clear from going too ‘over-done’; it’s more about looking put-together in a relaxed way.
The base of your outfit is a cute patterned skirt; try a Colourful Dots Pleated Skirt and team with a simple beige top like the Cowl Neck Batwing Top. Inject some further colour with a subtle Crystal Elastic Braid Bangle Bracelet and finish with a fashion-forward Transparent Satchel and a pair of Patent PVC Block Heel Shoes.
5. The ‘Landing a Promotion’ Interview
Whatever the industry, when you’re up for a promotion it’s time to dress like you mean business. A stylish and classy jacket is a great place to start. A Twill Chain Crop Jacket worn with a Smart Mid-Length Skirt makes for a polished and clean silhouette. Work in some warmth with a Brushed Fleur Chiffon Blouse and team with oh-so-chic nude coloured Patent PVC Low Heel Pumps. You’ll look elegant, composed and like you can handle anything!