The first thing that crosses anyone’s mind when they’ve managed to score an interview is “what’s the dress code?” And rightly so! I’ve been to many job interviews in trainers and jeans… but I also got turned away from a trial shift for not preemptively buying a pair of smart shoes (for a breakfast waitressing role).
When it comes to at-home interviews, the waters are even murkier than usual. Chances are, you abandoned your everyday work attire for pyjamas as soon as you got the memo you’d be working from home for the foreseeable future.
Tech CTO Jon Holloway has conducted hundreds of interviews since March and noted that most people went for the ever-reliable smart casual look. Jack Walford, who interviewed for a sales job at the start of Summer, went for a smart jacket, shirt, and tie – just to be safe.
One of the best pieces of advice I’ve seen though? Wear pants. Look, I know it’s tempting to dress up the top half of your body and go casual Friday on the bottom, but what if your camera is just ever-so-slightly tilted down? Or what if there’s a serious commotion in the background that desperately requires you to stand up? Better safe than sorry: don’t risk it.
Generally, there’s no need to think too deeply about your interview attire. Just wear what you always do to interviews, and you’ll be on the money.
Speaking of dressing up your top half, if you’re a fan of wearing makeup for interviews (or generally), it’s easy to fall into the trap of going full glam – especially if you’ve not painted your face for a while. On top of wearing the makeup that makes you feel the most confident – which should be a given – makeup artist Penny Williams suggests toning your eyeshadow and contour down (unless you’re going for a creative role, in that case, go all out!).
She also notes the importance of getting your base right. “Super glowy looks don’t translate too well on camera and can be distracting, so make sure you use either a matte foundation or powder to eliminate shine on your T-zone,” she advises.
Finally, Penny says a bright lipstick works wonders for an interview. “This draws attention to your mouth and what is coming out of it,” she says. “It is also a memory jogger. [The interviewer will remember you as the candidate with the bright pink lipstick.” If a bright lip color isn’t for you, Penny vouches for a bold top, scarf, pair of earrings, or even a funky tie.