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Are you looking for a new role?                        

Do you have an upcoming interview?


Don’t let something as small and simple like what you are wearing have a detrimental effect to the outcome of your interview.

Coming from my experience at Inspired Selections, arranging interviews, hearing feedback and reasons why people do and do not get a job; appearance and dress is most definitely something to take on board and can completely change the outcome of an interview.

Whether you are attending a first interview, a third interview, a quick meeting or a trial always make sure you are in suitable attire.


Time and time again in my experience I have had a phone call off a client letting me know the application will go no further due to how they came to an interview, “they wore jeans and trainers” or “was not of suitable appearance even after having an exceptional CV with all relative experience” or “very strong first interview but second time round turned up in casual clothes”.

Chris Goode – Inspired Selections Consultant 


Client’s thoughts


  • If he/she cannot make the effort for a meeting, what will they be like on regular working days?

  • Does this candidate care?

  • Why come to a formal interview looking like you are meeting friends?

  • This person will not fit in with the current team as is not professional


 To have the best chance in an interview follow Inspired’s dress code below!



Suit (preferred)

Shirt, tie, trousers and shoes (recommended)

Shirt – ironed

Shoes – clean

Trousers – ironed/ pressed

Tie – tied correctly (edge of tie at waist or meeting trouser line)


Women’s Suit (preferred)

Blouse and trousers

Blouse and pencil skirt

Shoes – Not high heels (flat or small heel)

Skirt – ideally at or past knee, ironed

Blouse/ Shirt – Ironed


Do not wear 




Casual jacket

Polo Shirt

Jacket with hood


If you turn up to each interview looking professional, well dressed, good hygiene this will be noted by the interviewer and you will make a good first impression starting the interview on a strong note as appearance is the first thing the interviewer will see.


Don’t let a client judge you before meeting you