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Preparing for a graduate job interview can be exhausting. Between reviewing the job description, researching the company and composing your answers to the most common interview questions, it’s easy to forget that you need to dress for success too.
When first impressions are key, your outfit couldn’t be more important. We know that deciding what to wear for your graduate interview can be a minefield, so to help you make sure that you look the part we’ve teamed up with swipe-able fashion app, Grabble.
Grabble’s Head of Content, Sarah Potts, has passed on her top tips to take the stress out of dressing for your graduate job interview – so whether you’re male or female, corporate or creative, you’ll be ready to walk into your interview feeling calm and confident.
Regardless of how casual the company’s dress code is, your interview isn’t the time to experiment with crazy trends. It goes without saying that you’ll need to look smart – but there are some key differences depending on the kind of company you are interviewing for.
If you’re interviewing for a corporate role, stick to a well-fitting two piece suit and a classic shirt. Keep it simple – but if you want to stand out opt for a colourful pocket square or a quirky pair of socks that will allow you to show your personality without being remembered for all the wrong reasons. And always, always, always make sure that your shoes are smart and squeaky clean!
Creative types can afford to be slightly more experimental. If you know for sure that the dress code is a little more relaxed, try a well-cut blazer with a pair of tailored trousers or smart, slim-fit chinos (which don’t have to match your jacket!) You’ll still need to look put together, so a plain white shirt is a great option, but you can always experiment with a unique collar to express your personality.
When it comes to footwear, a lace-up brogue or a Derby shoe is your best friend – if you’re feeling adventurous, choose a modern style with a thick sole to make a subtle statement.
Choosing the perfect outfit can be a little trickier for girls, because there are so many more options to choose from!
If your interview is at a corporate company, great tailoring is the way to go. It’s always better to be overdressed than under – so invest in a classic pair of pegged trousers with a matching blazer to keep your look polished and refined. If you’re worried about looking boring, show off your vibrant personality with a fine printed blouse or add a pop of colour to your outfit with a bright bag or watch. When it comes to footwear, there’s no need to risk breaking your ankles with sky-high heels – a pair of pointed-toe flats give off just as much of a smart vibe, without the added pain!
If you are interviewing for a more creative role, then you’ve got the scope to experiment with your outfit (to an extent!) A pinafore dress is the perfect smart-casual option, and when teamed with a long-sleeved roll-neck knit underneath can look polished whilst still being comfortable.
If you’ve already managed to suss-out the vibe of the office you’ll know whether or not trainers are acceptable, but if you’re at all unsure opt for a safe bet - a pair of smart ankle boots or flats that will bring the whole outfit together.
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