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Job interviews can be stressful, especially if you’re feeling unprepared. There is a lot to think about, from what to wear, to what they might ask and what kind of first impression you might make. We’re aiming to take the hassle out of your prep with expert advice from a recruiter and a psychologist; we’ve even surveyed the hiring managers of the UK to find out exactly what they are looking for.

What to Wear to a Job Interview

It’s important to present yourself well at a job interview and first impressions really do count, as over 40% of hiring managers in the UK have admitted to turning down a candidate based on their outfit.

Tip: Stay away from casual wear including caps, joggers and ripped jeans as our survey revealed these items gave hiring managers a bad first impression.

Post Recruitment


Tom Sharp has over 13 years’ experience in recruiting multidisciplinary professionals for SMEs to FTSE 100 companies. Tom is now a director and co-founder at Post Recruitment, a recruitment consultancy based in Leeds.

"A suit/formalwear should always be the go-to option when attending an interview, there might be a temptation to go for a more relaxed look in some environments, but never on a first round interview"

Post Recruitment


  • Formal knee-length dress or pencil skirt or cigarette trousers
  • Blouse
  • Fitted blazer
  • Polished flat pumps or a mid heeled court shoe

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  • Full suit or Smart trousers with a shirt, tie and blazer
  • Brogues
  • Matching belt

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In order to really make a great first impression, make sure that you have done your research on the company. Depending on the sector you wish to work in, this can mean many different things but the below tips are a good place to start:

  • Look at their website
  • Who is the CEO?
  • What does the company do?