How To Dress For An Interview
What Your Clothes Say About
- In an
interview your attire plays a supporting role.
attire supports your image as a person who takes the interview process
seriously and understands the nature of the industry in which you are trying to
attire should be noticed as being appropriate and well-fitting, but it should
not take center stage.
- If you are
aware that employees of an organization dress casually on the job, dress up for
the interview unless you are specifically told otherwise by the employer.
- Be mindful that your
conduct, your interpersonal skills and your ability to articulate intelligent
and well thought out responses to questions are the most important element.
Interview Attire Guidelines For
Men & Women
- Suit: A two-piece matched
suit is always the best and safest choice.
- Conservative colors: Dark
grey, navy, and black are safe. Solids
or very subtle weave patterns or plaids are safest.
- Cost/Quality: Invest in
quality that will look appropriate during your first two or three years on the
- Even if
you will wear jeans on the job, or the work environment is outdoors, wearing a
suit to the interview shows you take the interview seriously. Dressing well is
a compliment to the person(s) with whom you meet.
Men’s Interview Attire
(solid color-navy, black or dark grey)
sleeve shirts, even in summer. (White or coordinate with suit)
socks, conservative leather shoes
trimmed facial hair and nails
- Little or
no jewelry-wear a conservative watch.
Women’s Interview Attire
(navy, black or dark grey)
- The suit
skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
jewelry - wear conservative watch, simple earrings-studs
a closed toe pump
make-up and perfume
manicured clean nails
Grooming Tips For Everyone
- Hair: Should be clean and neat.
- Shoes: Should be in polished
condition. Make sure heels are not worn.
- Details: No missing buttons,
no lint; and don’t forget to remove external tags and tacking stitches from new
- Hands: Clean fingernails.
- Fit: Clothes should be clean, neatly pressed, and
- Smell: Perfume or cologne should be used sparingly or
not at all. No odors in clothes. Don’t
smell like smoke!
- Pad Folios: Preferred over a bulky briefcase. A small briefcase is also appropriate. But if you have no reason to carry a
- Book bag: Leave it at home.