InterviewIf you were a graduate of a private school who had to wear uniforms made by designers like permapleat.com.au — collared shirts, school blazers, skirts, and trousers — chances are you won’t have a hard time figuring out how to dress for your first ever job interview.

Dressing for an interview calls for a smart and business look. Unless you’re applying for a very specific job that would require you to be in anything but formal clothes, chances are you have to wear business casual or business attire.

Invest in a good pair of pants and blazer or tailored jacket.

A good pair of pants with a matching blazer or tailored jacket will get you a long way. Even if you don’t have the budget yet for good-quality shirts and blouses, adding a tailored jacket over your outfit will lift it up to smart business casual levels. Add a good pair of leather heels or shoes and you will have the basics of any type of business attire.

Dress for the task.

Even if you will just be going for the interview, you should think about the function and tasks that the position you’re applying for will entail. For example, if you are applying as a marketing associate, dark coloured slacks or trousers with a collared shirt or coordinated blouse will be your best bet. If you are applying as a researcher or as a chemist, for example, amp up the look with a tie. It will instantly make you look and feel the part.

Choose your accessories wisely.

Match your smart-looking outfit with the right accessories. For ladies, avoid wearing accessories that are too big and are in too bright colors. Keep it simple and understated. The same applies for men: if you will be wearing a tie, avoid wearing those with loud prints. Wearing bold accessories might detract the attention of your potential employer; you want them to focus on you and your abilities and not with the clothes you are wearing.