How to Dress for a Job Interview and What to Wear for an Interview

by on February 26, 2011

Getting properly dressed for an interview not only widens your prospects but also makes it look like you pay attention to detail and care enough to present yourself professionally. There is however not just a single way in which you can dress up in an interview.

While a phone interview is one thing where you do not really have to pay heed to whatever you are wearing, a proper dress up during an in-person interview is likely to make or break your chances of getting your dream job.

Dress Code Basics

  1. In case you have no idea about what you should be wearing for the interview you can always ask the human resource department about the fashion atmosphere.
  2. Make sure you don’t want to walk into an interview with grass stains on your pants. Also iron your shirt properly to keep the wrinkles out of your shirt.
  3. Since your relaxation level depends on comfort therefore try and wear something which is formal but comfortable. While three-piece suit may not be comparable to a t-shirt and jeans still dress as comfortably as possible.
  4. While you do not necessarily have to shop for an entire wardrobe for an interview you can always buy a few formal clothes required.  Now if you are buying new clothes make sure you take off the tags and peel off the stickers.
  5. If in case you have any visible tattoos, try covering them up with clothing if at all possible.
  6. Make sure you lay your interview clothes out the night before to be sure everything is in order because if you realize that your shirt has a stain just an hour before you leave, you will be in a big trouble.
  7. Whenever you are in a doubt, try choosing something which is less flashy. Your main aim is to look professional and not an attention seeker with that neon shirt on. And most importantly just remember that you should be doing the talking and not your clothes.

Men’s Interview Attire

  • Suit (solid color – navy or dark grey) with a Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
  • Belt and Tie
  • Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
  • Little or no jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Limit the aftershave and have Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Women’s Interview Attire

  • Professional hairstyle
  • Neutral pantyhose
  • Light make-up and perfume with neatly manicured clean nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase
  • Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
  • The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
  • Coordinated blouse with Conservative shoes
  • Limited jewelry keeping in mind that No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry

However your clothes are not the only things you need to focus on. Therefore:

  • Keep your hair should be clean, trimmed, and in place.
  • Men should be clean-shaven or have neatly-trimmed facial hair.
  • Take a shower and smell nice however make sure you do not overdo it
  • Keep your fingernails trimmed, clean, and free of flashy nail polish.

Tip for the Day: Since clothes make a strong statement about you so it is always better to dress too formally than going for something too casual. Also when one has this golden opportunity to make the first perfect impression, then why miss it.


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Jimmy April 1, 2013 at 11:56 am

Very nice article. I have several job interviews coming up and this was helpful, thanks. This should be a printable article!


Mens religious jewelry April 26, 2013 at 3:19 am

Thanks for sharing such a informative article with us to tell us what we wear at the time of interview.


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