Although not every job requires you to wear business attire, it is still recommended to dress smartly for your interview. This isn’t to say that you need to go out and spend a fortune on a new three-piece suit, but it is important to look professional and make a good impression on your potential employer.
A good rule of thumb is that you should dress one or two levels higher than if you were to secure the job. For example, a mechanic would typically be wearing dirty overalls on a day to day basis; however it wouldn’t go down very well if you turned up for your interview in them.
You cannot go wrong with a simple black, grey, or navy suit with a plain white shirt or one of an understated pastel colour. If you do not own a suit, wearing a nice jumper over your shirt and tie should be fine. Your tie should, ideally, be plain and simple. Smart shoes that are black or brown leather will complete the professional look.
Women have a little more flexibility when it comes to workwear, although it is important to still remain as professional as possible. You could wear smart trousers or a skirt — just make sure it isn’t too short, tight, or revealing. Either of these can be worn with a smart shirt or blazer. It is ok to wear heels, however make sure they are work appropriate and you can walk in them!
The Kevin Lynes Apprenticeship Scheme
If you are worried that you don’t have an appropriate interview outfit and don’t have the means to buy one, The Kevin Lynes Apprenticeship Scheme provides financial support, or just a simple bursary to help with travel, clothing and equipment for those who might otherwise be unable to take up an apprenticeship opportunity. To find out more please click here.
Hopefully you are now feeling confident about what you can and can’t wear to your interview!
If you haven’t secured an apprenticeship opportunity yet, then why not check out our vacancies on www.apprenticekent.com.