We’ve all been there. The interview is looming and we’re rummaging through our wardrobes looking for something appropriate to wear.

But what exactly does ‘appropriate’ mean and does this apply to every interview?

We’ve decided to speak to some fashion bloggers to get their insights and opinions, so if you’re stuck, this blog might help you out.

Name: Enya Jayne Morrisroe
Age: 20
Website: .ejmfashion.com
Twitter: @EJMfashion

What are your three essential clothing items for an interview?
My three essential clothing items for an interview are: a blazer, smart tapered trousers and an appropriate blouse or shirt.

Why do you think it’s important to dress the part for an interview?
It’s important because it shows you are serious about the role you are applying for. You want to turn up to an interview looking professional because after all, first impressions count.  

Should your interview attire be industry specific?
I agree that your interview attire should be industry specific because it shows you understand the role you are applying for and the culture of that particular company. From this you will feel confident in the knowledge that you will fit into that environment should you be fortunate enough to get the job.

What was your last interview and can you remember what you wore?
My last interview was for a creative marketing agency. I remember wearing a black roll neck jumper, monochrome checked trousers and flat shoes. The jewellery was minimal with only a watch and earrings. In more formal interviews I tend to wear a black suit.

What should you absolutely NOT where to an interview?
If you wear it to the gym or to lounge in in front of the TV, it’s not appropriate. Wearing anything that is inappropriate can be distracting for the person interviewing you and it doesn’t make you look good based on first impressions.  

Tell us about your best and worst interview
I’ve had a handful of interviews for different jobs in different sectors. The worst one had to be where the interviewer was very negative right from the start. My best interview was where I was asked innovative questions such as how my skills and knowledge fitted into the role I was being interviewed for. Being able to answer these questions well made me feel confident. Plus, I was gaining a lot of knowledge about how I would be placed in the company.

 

Name: Linda Hobden
Age: 51
Website: bootsshoesandfashion.com
Twitter: @LindaHobden

What are your three essential clothing items for an interview?
I would say tights, a blouse and a knee length/midi skirt as these items are quite formal.

Why do you think it’s important to dress the part for an interview?
It shows that you care enough to make an impression, that you have a sense of pride in your appearance and most of all, that you are serious about wanting the job role.

Should your interview attire be industry specific?
I think you should always look smart and respectable regardless of whether the company is very laid back and regardless of whether the job role is for a cleaner or a bank manager.

What was your last interview and can you remember what you wore?
It was in summer 2016. I wore a pale blue short-sleeved blouse, a black midi pencil skirt, nude tights and black suede medium height wedge shoes.

What should you absolutely NOT where to an interview?
I think you should avoid wearing denim jeans, leggings, bare legs or trainers; it’s too casual and won’t make you look like you’re taking the interview seriously.

Tell us about your best and worst interview
I had an impromptu telephone interview and I didn’t have time to prepare my answers so I had to improvise. At one stage I was scared I was waffling too much! The company contacted me quickly and I was offered a second interview in person where I was offered the job.

My worst interview was on a day of severe flooding with more thunderstorms predicted and my village was virtually an island. I left home an hour early for what should have been a 20 minute journey. My husband drove as I was a bundle of nerves, worrying about getting through the flood water as well as my impending job interview. After 30 minutes I still hadn’t progressed far so I rang them to let them know that I was on my way. In the end I got there 5 minutes late, a bit flustered and the interview was tough.

I didn’t get the job but when I received feedback, it was my lack of technical experience that held me back – I scored highly on the other job aspects. It was the technical side of the job that I wasn’t keen on and it would’ve been a big part of the job – something that was actually omitted from the initial job description.

 

Name: Kariss
Age: 29
Website: http://www.shystrangemanic.com
Twitter: @kariss_leigh

What are your three essential clothing items for an interview?
Comfortable, smart shoes, a simple professional dress and a plain necklace.

Why do you think it’s important to dress the part for an interview?
You want to make sure the focus is on what you are saying and not what you are wearing. You want to be remembered for the right reasons.

Should your interview attire be industry specific?
Definitely. I used to be a lighting engineer so I would go to an interview wearing something formal, but also something that I could wear if I had to do a practical test. I now work in book publishing where smart office wear is a good idea but a full suit might be too formal. Do some research and choose accordingly.  

What was your last interview and can you remember what you wore?
I wore a simple patterned M&S dress, a long silver necklace and flat shoes – smart and comfortable.  

What should you absolutely NOT where to an interview?
Jeans because even when I was applying for physical jobs, I found that trousers were more appropriate. Also, uncomfortable shoes should be avoided as you can always tell when someone is struggling to walk properly and you never know how far you’ll need to walk to the interview room.  

Tell us about your best and worst interview
My best interviews have always been the more relaxed, chatty ones where you feel like you can be yourself while still getting your points across. My worst was when I spent my birthday traveling the country to an interview where I was asked a lot of technical questions I didn’t know the answers to. With questions that require a specific answer, it ends up being really difficult to talk your way around them – it wasn’t fun!

 

 

Name: Ryan Mules
Age: 25
Website: http://www.ryanmules.com
Twitter: @ryanmules

What are your three essential clothing items for an interview?
Nice shoes, definitely nice shoes! I think a good accessory is always a must, too. Maybe a watch or a belt just to make you stand out a bit more. Most importantly, I think comfortable trousers should be top of your list. You don’t want to be nervous AND uncomfortable at an interview!

Why do you think it’s important to dress the part for an interview?
People say first impressions are everything and I think a person’s outfit definitely plays a part in that.

Should your interview attire be industry specific?
To an extent, yes. For example, when I had interviews for fast fashion retail positions, I never wore a suit because it wasn’t brand appropriate. I think it’s circumstantial and not a rule I would religiously live by!

What was your last interview and can you remember what you wore?
My last interview was for a Vivienne Westwood store so I knew I had to present myself pretty well. I wore a wool camel overcoat, tailored trousers with a plain white tee tucked in and finished my outfit off with a pair of Clarks Wallabees.

What should you absolutely NOT wear to an interview?
I wouldn’t rule anything out to be honest. People say don’t wear jeans but again, I think it’s purely circumstantial and depends on the job you’re interviewing for! Actually, flip flops would be pretty tragic…

Tell us about your best and worst interview
Any interview that I got the job from has been my best. I struggle a lot with interviews so it’s always a proud moment when they’re successful! My worst interview was for a gas company where I genuinely lost interest in the job halfway through the interview and just gave up. What a waste of time!

 

Name: Cera O’Rourke
Age: 20
Website: welcometocerasworld.blogspot.co.uk
Twitter: @HeyLookItsCera

What are your three essential clothing items for an interview?
When I go to interviews, my go-to look is fitted trousers or a skirt. By fitted I mean they are an appropriate length with a clean blouse. I would usually wear white as it stands out and people remember strong colours more. I would then finish the outfit off with some clean, flat, formal shoes.

Why do you think it’s important to dress the part for an interview?
I believe that it is important to dress the part for an interview because it shows your potential employer that you have made an effort to impress them and it shows that you are being professional.

Should your interview attire be industry specific?
I personally believe that you should always have a formal outfit regardless of the industry.

I have worked in both the fashion retail and media industries and in both instances I dressed formally for my interviews. I felt as though it made me look as though I was taking the job seriously.

What was your last interview and can you remember what you wore?
My last interview was quite informal because I was already a volunteer at the company and my boss asked me to come in for a meeting. It was quite casual and not like a proper interview at all so I was dressed quite down.

The last interview where I wore a more formal outfit was for a retail job. I wore a short petal sleeved white blouse with a black pencil skirt and black loafers. Quite classic interview attire I would say.

What should you absolutely NOT where to an interview?
First impressions are everything in a interview. The person hiring you is looking for someone to represent their company and if you give the wrong impression when you first walk in, it could really impact your performance and the employer’s perception of you.

I would steer clear of any demin. It’s a little too casual and doesn’t look smart, especially if it’s ripped denim. Other things to avoid include baggy clothing, t-shirts with slogans/offensive language and high heels. I wore high heels once to an interview and I wouldn’t recommend it.

Tell us about your best and worst interview
My worst interview was for a job at a makeup counter. I wore a black knee length dress, black brogues and a full face of detailed makeup which I had to remove at the interview for the other candidates to demonstrate on me. I had very little experience in makeup, but I had researched the brand which is important because it shows you have a genuine interest.

I wasn’t aware there would be a group interview and because I wasn’t prepared I felt a little intimidated. When I arrived, I sat with a group of other girls and we had to sell ourselves and sell to the brand. Needless to say, I didn’t get that job and I wasn’t very surprised.

My best interview was via email. This was a first for me and felt very unusual, but the lady who interviewed me was so lovely and really made me feel comfortable. She put me at ease and had a friendly attitude towards me.

 

Name: Sam Squire
Age: 22
Website: http://imsamsquire.com
Twitter: @ImSamSquire

What are your three essential clothing items for an interview?
For a guy it has to be a suit, tie and some nice shiny shoes.

Why do you think it’s important to dress the part for an interview?
It’s not just important, it’s imperative. An interview is your opportunity to show exactly what you’re made of – if you turn up looking scruffy then the interviewer’s first impression will be really negative. Always overdress for an interview; go smarter than you usually would for a working day. If you don’t usually wear a suit jacket make sure it’s pressed, clean and definitely matches your trousers.

Should your interview attire be industry specific?
I think it’s definitely something to take into account. Many creative careers don’t require you to dress as smart as a career in the financial sector might. It’s still worth remembering that an interviewer usually expects you to turn up looking smart and presentable, even if they then go on to say that work attire is slightly more casual.

What was your last interview and can you remember what you wore?
My last interview was for my current role of marketing manager. I always dress super smart for interviews –  a nice pressed suit, double-Windsor knot in the tie and some nice clean shoes will always make a really good impression. I think I wore a navy suit on this occasion, and the company turned out to be very smart in what they wore day-to-day so if I had been more casual, it wouldn’t have gone down too well!

What should you absolutely NOT wear to an interview?
In my opinion, jeans are always a no. They might be fine in the workplace in some companies, but I have quite a traditional view when it comes to interviews and I don’t think there is any place for wearing jeans. They can look quite smart and I appreciate that, but when you’re being interviewed you’re trying to sell yourself to the company and make them understand why you’re the very best candidate they could find – if you’re wearing jeans it could put a lot of interviewers off!

Tell us about your best and worst interview

I have only really had a few interviews as every one I have been for, I have got the job!! I would say my worst interview would be my first one when I was about 18. I was so nervous, I didn’t know how to answer the questions and I found it extremely nerve-wracking! It didn’t help that the interviewer had no compassion and seemed to try and make it difficult. The best interviews are the ones that get you thinking on your feet and get the adrenaline going!

 

Name: Isabella Andrews
Age: 19
Website: isabellakatee.blogspot.co.uk
Twitter: @isabellakate123

What are your three essential clothing items for an interview?
Each interview is different and therefore I couldn’t list essential clothing pieces to wear. As long as you appear smart and appropriate you can’t really go wrong.

Why do you think it’s important to dress the part for an interview?
Dressing the part for an interview highlights to the employer how much you want the job. If you turn up in your everyday wear it could give the impression that you haven’t made an effort compared to another applicant who dressed in a smart, suitable outfit.

Should your interview attire be industry specific?
Yes, definitely. I think it’s important to wear something you would potentially wear to work if you were lucky to get the job. It’s vital you appear to look appropriate for the role and therefore dressing in a suitable outfit would highlight this to the interviewer.

What was your last interview and can you remember what you wore?
I always try and wear something that is unique and memorable for the interviewer whilst still maintaining a smart and appropriate appearance. The interviewer could potentially interview hundreds of other applicants and therefore wearing something ‘bright and bold’ could help the interviewer remember you.

On the other hand, it’s necessary you opt to wear something you’re comfortable and confident in.

I recently attended an interview for a job. It was for a fashion retail role and therefore felt it was vital for me to wear something that reflected this. I wanted my personality to shine through my outfit and therefore chose to wear a black and white polka dot shift dress with heeled sandals which highlighted my fun and girly personality.

What should you absolutely NOT where to an interview?
Sunglasses. Eye contact is everything when it comes to interviewing techniques. You can really see everything about a person through their eyes and therefore sunglasses are a no go. There’s nothing worse than trying to talk to someone when they have sunglasses covering half of their face.

Tell us about your best and worst interview
I’ll start with my best: my university interview. This interview really stands out to me as my best as I was being interviewed for something I am seriously passionate about. I was able to speak about my love for the subject and easily let my personality shine through.

An interview I attended for a part time job a few years ago was hands down the worst. I won’t lie, I needed some money which lead me to applying for a role which I wasn’t at all interested in. This was definitely a challenge as I had to showcase why I, personally, was good for the job when I didn’t quite believe it myself. I’m not saying applying for a job you’re not completely interested in is a bad thing, however, in this instance, I recommend you make sure you’re even more prepared than normal.