Conventional advice says that you should dress for the job you want rather than the job you have. But does this advice still apply with the arrival of trendy new media companies?
As everyone knows, first impressions count. Interviewers usually form opinions about an applicant early in an interview. Research tells us that they are based: 55% on appearance and body language, 7% on what you say, and 38% on how you sound.
When going for a job interview it is usually best to opt for a smart suit. However, there are some companies, like those which produce youth brands, that may employ people who reflect their brand in terms of dress code. If this is the case, take advice on what to wear for interview from the recruitment consultant or check with any contacts you have at the company.
Although it sounds obvious, make sure your shoes are clean and not scruffy,and that your hair is neat and tidy. Try not to turn up with loads of carrier bags or shopping.
Avoid excessive jewellery – especially if it is jangly – this can distract from what you are saying. Bear in mind that some clients may have strong views about men wearing a lot of jewellery and about facial piercing.
Women should be wary of wearing short skirts – you often have to sit on low sofas at interview which could mean showing a lot of leg. Overall, you want to appear smart and well groomed without looking unnatural.