I’ve Secured an Interview – but what do I wear?

What should I wear to my interview?

My mother bought me a decent suit for my 18th or 19th birthday. I wore it to every single training contract interview that I had. Until the third seat of my training contract (when I worked for quite a particular partner), I didn’t have anything other than “smart casual” work clothes (and my one interview suit) as this was all I needed. However, if you have a budget (and depending on the type of firm you are applying for) you may want to start building up your interview/client facing wardrobe as and when you can.

The legal profession requires/expects a certain level of professionalism and some role/clients will need you to wear a suit every day, while others may only require you to wear a suit on client facing days. Whatever the firm’s dress code – if you are attending an interview you should be dressing to impress by wearing a suitable suit. The legal profession is also known for being quite conservative, so while you may be more “individual” on a day to day basis – for the interview – stick to the classics and dress for the job. You don’t even have to spend a lot most high street stores will stock interview suitable classics.

Of course, it is not just about what you are wearing it is also about looking the part, from being tidy and having neat hair, to having suitable shoes, coat, and accessories – the complete package. Again, classic works the best.
For women, it really doesn’t matter whether you choose to go for a skirt suit or a trouser suit – go with what you prefer and feel most comfortable in. The same goes for shoes – go for confidence and comfortable.

Best of luck for your interview. If you haven’t already read it – check out our blog post about having a dress rehearsal before the real thing.

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