Making the right first impression is vital to the success of your interview, so it is important that you decide on the image that you want to convey and dress appropriately. Even before you begin to speak, the interviewer is likely to have formed opinions about you based on the way you are dressed, your personal grooming, posture and body language.

For most corporate interviews a low-key approach to dress is usually best, as this projects a professional image and does not cause a distraction. For men, this often means a well tailored but conservative suit in a basic color such as navy, grey or black. Shirts can be used to add color and individuality but you will need to judge how far to take this.

Business casual is an increasingly common trend in the corporate environment and it can be more challenging to dress appropriately under this code. Once again the best advice is to make choices that match the norm and if in doubt always dress slightly more formally than you might otherwise.

It can be a good idea to have a couple of outfits, which you only ever wear to interviews. That way you can get them dry-cleaned after each interview, and then put them away for the next time, rather than letting them become crumpled, creased and generally worn-out and tired-looking through every day wear.

Career Search – Making Sure You fit In

One of the key questions in the mind of the interviewer will almost certainly be Will this person fit in? Therefore, if you are perceived as being a good fit with the prevailing corporate style and culture you will be strengthening your case. Here again, what you wear can have a disproportionate effect on the interviewer’s perception. So, you might be wondering how you can predict what to wear in order to fit in.

It is actually remarkably easy to get information about the prevailing corporate style. If they have a website, visit this and see if there any pictures of people at work (but do be aware that some organizations use library pictures for this). Alternatively, Try getting hold of a copy of the annual reports.

Another useful tactic can be to visit the site at the start, middle or end of the working day and observing the prevailing dress code of the staff as they come and go; before assembling a smart version of this for yourself ahead of the interview.