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What to Wear to an Interview

It’s hard enough to know what you’re wearing tomorrow let alone to your family dinner on Thursday, best friend’s birthday party on Friday, or which PJ’s are going to go best with your popcorn for your date with Netflix on Sunday… Let alone what to wear to your job interview next week!

What you pick to wear for an interview creates an impression and gives you an opportunity to further present yourself as the best possible candidate for the job. Plus, if you are looking the part you are more likely to feel the part which boosts confidence and will allow you to have a more successful interview!

MTC Australia’s Transition to Work Program aims to assist young people on their journey to employment, including wardrobe options for the big interview day and beyond.

Here are the three top interview tips to choose the best outfit suited to the job (without breaking the bank).

Research the business

It’s always helpful to research the types of clothing worn in the particular industry you’re applying for to give you an idea of the similar things you might already have in your wardrobe.

You might be going for an interview for somewhere that has a uniform (believe it or not this is a blessing in disguise… you’ll know what to wear to work every day!) therefore the best option would be to wear something smart to show you take care of your appearance in a workplace setting (aka: try to avoid overly casual clothes such as denim shorts and t-shirts… and under NO circumstances are your favourite track pants to set foot into that interview room).

Scrubbing up and dressing appropriately is a very important part of interview etiquette and many employers look out for this.

You don’t need to spend a fortune on new clothes

It’s essential to know you don’t have to go out and spend a large amount of money on a new outfit as sometimes you have just the right things in the depths of your draws already (remember that “way to grown up”  skirt you got two Christmas’s ago that’s been hiding in the bottom draw… now’s the time to whip it out), or you can come and check out Thread Together and pick up some freebies!

No one is going to know where you got your outfit from, you aren’t a walking brand or price tag, the only thing that’s important is that you feel comfortable in yourself (you might just be surprised how good putting on a button up shirt feels)

Less is more

Another great interview tip is one of the oldest tricks in the book “less is more”. This is a great guide to interview etiquette if you are worried how much makeup or jewelry to wear, or if your clothing choice is over the top (unless you are going for a job in a clothing or jewelry store, in which case go for gold!).

Remember it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed and potential employers will always appreciate the effort you went to. No matter what you wear make sure your outfit is cleaned and crinkle free, this will show that you are organised.

If you are ever still in doubt, a good way to get inspired is to check out some other sites or blogs that might help.

The Transition to Work Program (TTW) has partnered with Thread Together to create the Thread Wardrobe initiative which provides new clothing and shoes to participants within the program to prepare them for their interview and beginning employment. The TTW site, located in Parramatta, has a “Thread Wardrobe Room” set up like a shop for all participants from other sites to pick clothes suited to both their style and the job they are applying for.

If you are interested in getting involved with TTW, check your eligibility and get in touch!