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Womenswear for a job interview

Womenswear for a job interview

Tips on appropriate womenswear for job interviews:

Suit:

  • Two-piece suits for women should be fitted but not too clingy
  • Dark colours such as black, grey and navy are preferable, but are not a requirement
  • If you wear suit trousers, ensure they are hemmed at the appropriate length so that they do not drag along the floor (consider the height of the shoe you will be wearing with them)
  • Try to avoid overtly extravagant combinations (in colour, design and material)

Skirt:

  • Your skirt should match your blazer
  • Skirts should be knee-length
  • Wear plain or sheer hosiery in a neutral colour (dark or flesh colour)

Top/Shirt: 

  • The ideal choice is a tailored blouse or simple sweater
  • Avoid see-through tops or those which display your stomach or back
  • Low cut tops are inappropriate
  • Iron out any creases

Accessories – shoes, bags and jewellery: 

  • Very high heels or platforms are not recommended if wearing court shoes
  • Boots should match the colour of your outfit
  • Try to avoid large statement or costume jewellery pieces
  • Do not bring a multi-coloured, tote or very large traveling bag

What women should never wear to a job interview:

  • Miniskirts
  • Frayed or torn jeans
  • Deep V sequin shirts
  • Sandals, sneakers or flip-flops
  • Caps or any other hair covering

Grooming:

Hair and manicure:

  • Classic but stylish hair style without too much extravagance
  • Clean and neat nails are essential
  • If wearing nail polish, choose a classic colour


Make-up:

  • Make-up should be minimal and natural
  • Dark smoky eyes, rouge or shiny lipstick are not recommended
  • Choose neutral shades of eyeshadow and a single coat of mascara
  • Be careful when applying perfume, as it can sometimes have an obtrusive or overbearing effect or bring out allergies. Choose a light perfume
  • Make sure your breath is fresh