Choosing the right outfit for your interview
You got an interview for your dream job and now you don't know which outfit is the right one? Is the suit too boring? Are the shoes OK? Are my accessories suitable? Suit and tie or would it be better to wear jeans and a polo?
These are all valid questions that you should definitely ask yourself as the big day approaches. Even if no one probably admits it: In reality, the outfit makes the man and the first impression counts! It is therefore important to know the company's dress code in order to optimize your chances of getting the job.
Depending on the job and company, your outfit will not be the same. Here's a look at the manners and customs of job interviews.
The basic rules for your interview outfit
The most important thing first: Make sure that everything is well looked after: ironed trousers and shirts, no half-loose buttons or a hem that is slowly unraveling. When it comes to your accessories, make sure that the individual pieces fit together and the overall picture is harmonious. Regular care is particularly important for leather accessories: clean your shoes again, use a leather care product for your bracelet and show off your best side!
Avoid digital watches or watches with large dials that feature huge tachymeters, world time zone displays, etc. is overloaded. Find a watch with a leather strap and a simple dial that fits your wrist.
It's better to be overdressed instead of underdressed. Get your best suit out of the closet, choose the long-sleeved shirt instead of the polo shirt and choose elegant shoes. But: Don't wear anything that doesn't make you feel comfortable. It's best to test wear your outfit a few times so that you are sure that everything fits and doesn't restrict or bother you in any way. When you feel comfortable in your clothes, you radiate that and appear more self-confident!
Before choosing an outfit, take a look at the company's website or social media to find out how your future colleagues are dressed. Dress a little better.
If you have a laptop or documents (resume, certificates, etc.) you need to take with you to your interview, a high-quality briefcase or folder would be perfect for this! Avoid backpacks and don't carry your laptop and documents loosely in your hand. Ultimately, your goal is to leave a good impression on the person you are talking to!
Your perfect outfit in a business look!
If you are applying for a position in an international group in the insurance industry or finance, your outfit should definitely be subtle: with a dark suit, a white or striped shirt, cufflinks, tie, leather shoes and subtle accessories you are on the safe side. A narrow leather bracelet harmonizes well with a long-sleeved shirt and doesn't stand out too much.
Choose classic colors such as blue, gray and white for your suit and shirt - avoid black, which should be reserved for evening events. The point here is not to show originality, but rather to convey the impression of seriousness.
Are you not sure about choosing the right accessories for your business outfit? Take a look at our guide.
Choosing accessories for your business casual outfit
A less formal interview doesn't mean that you shouldn't wear an elegant and, above all, serious outfit. For example, if you're looking for a job in marketing or in a hot start-up, a suit isn't a must - but it's not wrong to wear one either. Make a compromise and leave the tie with the suit at home.
Instead, choose a stylish accessory that highlights your style. This could be a bracelet in a color that matches the rest of the outfit or a watch that is stylish and subtle at the same time. This is how you can easily create a business casual outfit. You can complete your outfit with a belt, a watch or a matching leather bracelet.