For an interview in the UK, what you wear

For an interview in the UK, what you wear can vary depending on the industry and company culture. Here are some general guidelines for 16-24 year olds:

For Men:

1. Corporate or Office Jobs:

– Attire: A suit is often the best choice. A dark-coloured suit (navy, black, or grey) with a white or light-coloured shirt, and a tie. Make sure your shoes are polished.
– Accessories: Keep accessories minimal; a watch and a belt matching your shoes are usually sufficient.

2. Creative or Informal Jobs:

– Attire: Smart casual can be appropriate. This could include chinos or smart trousers with a button-up shirt or smart polo shirt. A blazer can add a touch of formality if needed.
– Accessories: Again, keep it simple. Avoid overly flashy items.

For Women:

1. Corporate or Office Jobs:

– Attire: A suit, either a skirt or trouser suit, is a safe choice. Alternatively, a smart dress with a blazer. Choose conservative colours and styles.
– Accessories: Minimal jewellery and a professional handbag. Make sure shoes are clean and not too high-heeled.

2. Creative or Informal Jobs:

– Attire: Smart casual. This could be a blouse or smart top with trousers or a skirt. A cardigan or blazer can add a bit of formality.
– Accessories: Keep accessories minimal and professional.

General Tips:

– Grooming: Ensure your hair is neat and tidy. For men, facial hair should be well-groomed.
– Fit: Make sure your clothes fit well and are comfortable. Avoid overly tight or baggy clothing.
– Shoes: Clean, polished shoes are a must. Avoid overly casual shoes like trainers unless you’re sure it’s appropriate for the job.
– Details: Pay attention to the small details like clean nails, subtle makeup for women, and minimal perfume or aftershave.

Always research the company beforehand to understand their dress code and err on the side of being slightly more formal than you think might be necessary.