How much does appearance matter in job interviews?

Tatler editor Kate Reardon sparked controversy last week when she suggested having confidence and clean hair in a job interview is more important than having an impeccable CV. Read her full interview with The Observer here. It brings to mind a rather unnerving question: Are employers more interested in the way you look than with your CV? A quick Google search will show you survey after survey that suggests being good looking gives you an advantage in getting hired. Disheartened? Don’t despair just yet my hideous friends – the truth is many factors contribute to whether or not someone gets a job and your ugliness is just one of many factors that might be holding you back. What we can tell you for sure is the impression you give when you meet potential employers at an interview is crucial because your new boss needs to feel you’re the right fit for their company. Now, before you start explaining that you’re applying for a job in a blue collar industry and a suit and tie isn’t really necessary, these are general guidelines – please treat each situation on its merits. Bearing that in mind, here are some quick tips on how to dress for job interviews! 1. Dress to impress, keeping it conservative It’s wise to keep your dress code conservative and formal – better to be overdressed than underdressed. Girls, think suits, blouses, tights and mid-length skirts or dresses. Boys, think suits, belts, ties, black socks and smart shoes. Leave the polo shirts, sports shoes and low necklines at home. 2. Take out facial piercings and cover those tats Unless...