Now that we have rolled into the new year, there are many of you who will probably be looking for work. If so you might be attending an interview soon?
Did you know that your potential employer will make a first impression of you within the first few seconds? With this in mind, it is very important to look your best and put your best foot forward when dressing for your interview.
So when it comes to dressing for an interview we wanted to look at what your options are for wearing a coat or jacket to an interview.
Ladies' jackets for interviews.
Although the weather may be warm, it is still sometimes important to wear a jacket to an interview to create a great first impression.
A lightweight, collared jacket or blazer in a neutral colour is perfect for summertime interviews. Avoid bright and neon colours as these shades are not best suited to wear to an interview, they can give off the wrong impression and might make you seem unprofessional and amateurish.
If you need a good jacket for your interview, consider Coat Corner's range of gently worn high-quality jackets that are all cheaply priced and will last you for many seasons. Make sure that your jacket is freshly ironed, steamed, or pressed and has no visible stains or marks before leaving for your interview.
You can pair your interview jacket with some smart slacks, trousers, or a pencil skirt. Your jacket for your interview does not necessarily need to be the same colour as your pants or skirt, but it is better to ensure that it matches and compliments your bottom half.
Simply wearing a blazer or a jacket and a pair of trousers or a skirt can sometimes look dull or boring. While you don't want to look too flashy, accessorising with some understated items can finish off your look beautifully.
We recommend wearing a lightweight silk scarf in a neutral colour, a pair of studs, and a delicate necklace to create a classy and professional look that fits in well with the corporate environment.
Don't forget to wear a pair of smart shoes: pumps are ideal to wear to an interview but try and avoid stiletto heels as walking in them could make you look unprofessional.
Men's jackets for interviews.
Most men choose to wear their favourite smart suit to an interview. If the weather is very hot, however, this can cause you to sweat, leaving odors and marks on your shirt, which should be avoided at all costs.
The Coat Corner has a great range of lightweight, smart summer jackets that will help you to feel cool, calm, and collected during your interview. You will be able to wear your jacket long after your interview so it is definitely a great investment.
These jackets can be worn with a matching pair of trousers or slacks and a collared shirt. A cotton shirt is best for the summer as the fabric will assist to reduce moisture from the skin and help you to feel cooler than synthetic fibres.
In terms of accessories, a tie can transform an otherwise smart-casual outfit into something more professional and suitable for an interview. Obviously, you should avoid wearing ties with graphics, loud patterns, or harsh colours.
An understated silk tie in a neutral colour that compliments your jacket will work very well and will create the impression you need to tell your potential employers that you are the ideal candidate for the job.
Finally, when it comes to shoes and socks, these do not go unnoticed by potential employers. Socks should match your trousers and have no visible holes, while shoes should be neat, clean, and freshly polished. This implies that you care about the finer details and that you aim for perfection.