What not to wear to an interview

This article is recommended for individuals near the beginning of their careers


Having spent many years in the field of recruitment, I've come to understand the great influence of attire on a job interview's outcome. 

Your attire holds the power to communicate professionalism and gives insight into your personality.

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Casual attire | What not to wear to an interview

Casual attire

While some companies have adopted a more relaxed dress code, it's always safer to err on the side of caution and dress more formally for an interview.

Avoid wearing jeans, t-shirts, sweatpants, or sneakers, as they give off an impression that you don't care and lack professionalism.

Instead, opt for a fitted suit or conservative business attire that shows you are serious and respect the opportunity.

Inappropriate or revealing clothing

Remember, an interview is not the time to show off your personal style or make a bold fashion statement.

Clothing that is too revealing, such as low-cut tops, short skirts, or very tight outfits, is not considered appropriate for an interview setting.

It's important to strike the right balance between looking professional and comfortable.

Inappropriate or revealing clothing

Overly casual footwear | What not to wear to an interview

Overly casual footwear

Your choice of footwear can either enhance or work against your overall appearance.

Wearing sneakers, flip-flops, or sandals to an interview can give the impression that you do not take the opportunity seriously.

Opt for closed-toe shoes or dress shoes that look nice with your outfit.

Make sure they are clean and well-maintained to show attention to detail.

Excessive accessories or jewellery

Accessories can add a touch of personality to your outfit, but overdoing it can be distracting and unprofessional.

Avoid wearing excessive jewellery, loud or jingling accessories, and anything that might make noise when you move.

Keep it simple with a minimalistic approach to let your skills and qualifications shine through.

Excessive accessories or jewellery

Strong fragrances | What not to wear to an interview

Strong fragrances

While personal grooming is essential for interviews, overpowering perfumes or colognes can be off-putting to interviewers, especially those with sensitivities or allergies.

Opt for a subtle, neutral fragrance or consider skipping it altogether.

Remember, you want the interviewer to remember you for your qualifications, not your scent.


Dressing for an interview is a vital part of making a positive first impression.

The way you present yourself through your attire can convey professionalism, attention to detail, and respect for the opportunity.

By staying away from casual attire, inappropriate clothing, overly casual footwear, excessive accessories or jewellery, and strong fragrances, you can ensure that the interviewer focuses on your skills and qualifications rather than your fashion choices.

Remember, it's always better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed.

So, dress for success, exude confidence, and let your qualifications shine through!

For more information regarding interview mistakes, I encourage you to read Indeed's article on 10 things you should never say in a job interview.


Are you looking for a job?

Are you looking for a job?

Now that you know what not to wear to an interview, you should take a moment to check our current vacancies page.

At 11 Recruitment, we have a range of white-collar temp and perm jobs available. We're always on the lookout for top talent to place with our clients, so we encourage you to apply for any positions that are of interest.

If none of our current vacancies are right for you, you should register for job alerts. Then we’ll be able to notify you when we receive a position that matches your profile.

Christian Madsen

What are your thoughts?

I'd love to have a conversation with you about this topic - please leave a comment below if you have any thoughts or opinions 🙂

Christian Madsen

Managing Director of 11 Recruitment

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