How to dress for interview: Appropriate Attire Is a Must

The clothing you wear to your interview should make you look like you will fit in at your prospective employer. When in doubt, err on the side of conservatism, suggest the experts. Even if the company has a “business casual” dress policy, you’re better off dressing a bit on the stuffy side than in taking a gamble only to find that your idea of casual doesn’t match that of your prospective employer.

For Men

  • Traditional business attire means a dark, conservative suit and a white, long-sleeved (even in summer), pressed dress shirt.
  • Ties should be silk and coordinate well with the suit. Avoid flashy patterns on ties-the job interview isn’t the time to prove how much of an individualist you are.
  • If you wear an earring (or several), remove it before the interview. 

 

For Women

  • Traditional business attire is a conservative suit or dress-those thigh-high skirt lengths alá Melrose Place won’t cut it in the real business world.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry and makeup that are showy or distracting.
  • Forget the excessively long fingernails-they, too, are distracting. If you wear nail polish, make sure it’s a subtle color and neatly done.

For Everyone

  • Avoid wearing too much cologne or perfume.
  • Your hair should be clean and well-groomed.
  • Shoes should be polished and coordinate with your suit or dress.

An interview isn’t a beauty contest, but how you dress and your overall appearance almost always get noticed by the interviewer. Don’t give the interviewer a chance to rule you out because you didn’t feel like ironing your shirt or polishing your shoes. Dress in a business-like, professional manner, and you’ll be sure to fit in wherever you interview.

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