Dress For Success

14th April 2017

You've reached the interview stage, proving that your CV and experience are up to the task.

However, the road to your new role is far from over, as you still need to present yourself at the interview – and, as they say, image is everything. How you present yourself will help you stand out from other candidates and sell yourself before you've even opened your mouth.

Aside from a tailored suit and smart leather shoes, there's the important consideration of additional accoutrements. How much is too much? What should you use to carry your portfolio? And what if you are expected to take notes? To answer these pressing questions and help you make the right impression, we've picked out some impeccable accessories that exude an air of effortless charm.

Ideal for senior writing jobs, graphic designers or any other role where you want to show off your portfolio, this 'Mercer' work bag from Fossil presents the right look. Slim and smart, its sophisticated black leather body is ideal for A4 documents or notepads, and includes slots for your business cards. Carry it by the matching leather handles or wear it with the cross-body strap – just be sure to watch that it doesn't ruin the lines of your suit.

Show off your sartorial flair as well as your preparation when you whip out this sleek leather pen case from Il Bussetto to take notes. The case is made from the finest Italian leather, with a rich brown colour and room for two pens. We recommend a high-quality brushed steel or chrome ballpoint pen to complete your smart-yet-minimalist look.

Usually, we'd recommend something simple and understated for your cuffs in an interview situation. However, if you're applying for a more creative role, you may want your accessories to show a little personality and character. Enter these elegant ball return cufflinks, each crafted from sterling silver and finished with a peacock-coloured pearl. With their muted peacock-black colouring, the pearls are subtle enough to avoid overpowering your look while adding a flash of confidence and panache to your cuffs.