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Congratulations, you’ve secured your dream interview, you’re well prepared and raring to go but what should you wear? Don’t fret the small stuff as we’ve got you covered with interview outfits on a budget that will help you dress to impress. 

Knowing what to wear to an interview or assessment centre can be tricky as you’ve only got one chance. Making a great first impression is an important part of the recruitment process so you don’t want to be let down by a fashion faux-pas. We recommend wearing a suit, unless stated otherwise. Keep it simple with grey, navy or black and try to avoid overly bright garish colours. We’re all for a bit of colour but you know the ones we mean!

Outfits for the boys

We love the charcoal skinny suit at Topman priced at £100 or the black slim fit suit from M&S at £79. You can stretch your budget even further by buying the trousers only and pairing it up with a plain white shirt. A white shirt from Primark will set you back about £8. If you are feeling a little flush take a look at the selection of white shirts available at H&M starting from £13. If you don’t already own a smart pair of black shoes, you can pick a pair up from Primark for as little as £18. Team all of this with a borrowed tie but be sure to steer clear of the comedy or character prints! 

Outfits for the girls

You can’t go wrong with a formal black shift dress. We love this formal shift dress at Oasis priced at £58. If you’re more a trousers kind of girl, check out these slim leg trousers from M&S priced at £25 or the straight leg trousers also at £25. Both pairs of trousers can be teamed up with the single breasted blazer at £29.50. H&M have a variety of white shirts and blouses starting from £12.99. Play it safe with scarves, shoes and tights by keeping these muted and coordinated with your outfit. If you opt for heels, keep them an appropriate height, ideally no more than three inches. 

If you’d prefer not to invest in a new interview outfit, you can always borrow a suit from family or friends. Make sure you get the right fit as an ill-fitting suit will make you stand out for all the wrong reasons. Stick to our tips above and you can’t go wrong. 

Don’t forget to check out our blog ‘Ten of the most common questions you’ll get asked in an interview’ for ultimate interview preparation. 

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