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What to Wear for an Interview

Posted on 10 Aug, 2018

At Careers in Design, we are committed to helping you find the perfect position from the range of design jobs that we have on our books. After carefully going through your CV and pairing you with a vacancy that suits your experience and qualifications, the next step is the interview.  The look you choose can be difficult to decide as this is the design industry, but remember, what you will wear on a daily basis could be quite different from what you should wear at an interview.

Here are some of our top tips on what to wear:


Keep it simple. Dark trousers (not jeans), shoes (not trainers) and a shirt is usually expected. A decorative or plain tie is a good idea although optional, but beware of a too comical or outrageous choice. A suit jacket or blazer will often add that extra air of professionalism, just as long as it matches your trousers.


Women have more choice when it comes to business attire but simplicity remains the key. A simple, two-piece suit with a lighter blouse or top works well, or a dress (length not too short though) would work. Jewellery and other accessories are fine and will allow you to show your creative flair but remember they’re meant to accent, not distract!

Graduates and young designers

Graduates and younger applicants have more freedom with their clothing in interviews. A collared shirt and casual trousers are enough for the men, while a smart skirt and a tailored top will suffice for the women. Youth and enthusiasm are major selling points and a full business suit could detract from that.

Summer interviews

In summer, you should wear breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. If you’re prone to perspiration, then darker colours, even in the shirt or blouse, might be advisable, as well as a handkerchief for some last-minute dabbing. For the women, be careful if choosing to wear sandals that they are still smart and your toes nails are not too garish!

At Careers in Design, we have vacancies for design jobs in all sectors of the industry. Get in touch today and let us help you find the ideal design job for you.

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