How to Dress for an Interview
Job interviews are much like first dates: good impressions count. Remember to be the best version of yourself.
When you first meet a potential employer at an interview, they will assess you based on what you’re wearing and how you carry yourself. And let’s be real here, a candidate dressed in a suit and tie is bound to make a better impression than a candidate dressed in tatty jeans and a tee. Sure, a polished attire is no substitute for a killer resume and practical knowledge, but you don’t want your outfit to derail your interview now do you? Are you at your wit’s end trying to figure out what to wear for your upcoming job interview? Ladies and gentlemen, here’s a guideline on do’s and don’ts of dressing for an interview.
Tips for men
- A two-piece suit in dark shades is your go-to outfit if you’re going for an interview for a high-end job role. For a smart casual look, you can opt to wear a button-down shirt, a sports coat and khaki pants.
- Wear a leather belt and dark socks. Remember, the color of your belt and shoes must match or complement each other. Pick Oxfords, cordovans or brogues for your feet.
- Go clean-shaven or keep your beard well-trimmed. Cut your fingernails; you don’t want to jab your potential employer when you go in for a handshake. Don a leather or metal strap watch. Carry a leather briefcase or portfolio.
Avoid suspenders, loafers, wet hair, excessive cologne, rubber sports watches, floral or bright-hued ties, jeans and tees, flip flops and sneakers.
Tips for women
- To pull off a dressy look, opt for a two-piece suit in dark tones and complement it with a light-colored blouse or shirt. You can also choose to wear a pantsuit or a skirt suit. If necessary, wear hosiery in sheer or nude tones. For a smart casual look, try pairing dark well-fitted jeans with a cotton blouse and a blazer.
- Keep the jewelry light and muted in color. You can throw on a thin necklace and a single bracelet. When it comes to earrings, wear studs or small hoops. Your footwear must be understated; the stilettos can wait for the weekend. Go for ballet flats or closed-toe shoes with maximum of a three-inch heel.
- You can wear your hair up in a ponytail, a high bun, a sleek bob or a French braid. Settle on minimal makeup and highlight any one feature if you really wish to: lips, cheekbones or eyes. Slip on a leather or metal strap watch. Manicured nails done in subdued tones are felicitous. Carry either a leather purse or a briefcase.
Avoid short and extremely tight-fitting clothes, wet hair, bright-colored hosiery, excessive perfume, distracting jewelry, jeans and tee, flip flops and sneakers.
Now you’re ready to suit up for success. A crisp and smart outfit will not only boost your confidence, but will also make you stand out for the right reasons. Remember, dress to impress. Good luck for your interview!