London is in the grip of a heatwave, with parts of the capital hitting 34 degrees – hotter than the Bahamas! So with the sun relentlessly beating down, what should you wear for a job interview?
The obvious answer is that it depends entirely on where you’re interviewing. If you’re unsure, remember that it’s better to err on the side of caution and be over dressed rather than under dressed. Most importantly check the company’s dress code. If it’s suits/ business attire, it’s straight forward and alas you are doomed to swelter.
Smart casual provides more of a challenge. Our suggestions…
- Smart trousers such as chinos. A crisp, ironed shirt and jacket – carried if necessary. No tie required. Shorts and short sleeved shirts best avoided.
- Proper shoes – no flip flips or canvass.
- Dress or trousers and a shirt are both fine and it’s perfectly acceptable to wear short sleeves though shoulders should be covered.
- Keep skirts conservative.
- Proper shoes should always be worn – absolutely no flip flops.
Ultimately it’s important that you’re dressed smartly and appropriately, but an interview is about more than what you wear. Prepare for your interview with detailed research and insightful answers and your potential employer will have no reason to get hung up on summer dress codes.
Do you have an interview coming up? Read the rest of our advice series here.