Interview Preparation Appearance


A professional appearance is one of the key elements of a successful interview. Below are some tips on looking good for your interview.

  • Dress appropriately in professional attire. A good business suit demonstrates a positive attitude towards professionalism. Invest in a suit if you don’t have one. Men should wear a tie with their shirt. Casual clothes e.g. jeans, polo shirts or a plain business shirt are not acceptable.
  • Shoes should be polished and clean. Cracked or scruffy shoes are not acceptable and take away from the professional look of the whole outfit.
  • Excessive piercings such as eyebrow and tongue piercings should be removed. Earrings should be conservative – elaborate earrings shouldn’t be worn.
  • Hair should be well groomed.
  • Jewellery should be kept to a minimum.
  • Don’t smoke immediately before an interview, no matter how nervous you are. The stale smell of smoke can be off-putting for an interviewer.
  • Don’t apply too much aftershave or perfume, in case the interviewer is sensitive to smell.
  • Never chew chewing gum during an interview – it’s unprofessional and disrespectful.

Have you read our other guides to help you prepare for interview?

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