What to Wear to an Interview

In my opinion job interview attire is probably the most important attire you will ever wear other than your wedding gown. A job interview is the one moment you are really trying to impress someone, so it is vital that you dress for success. Remember that it is always best to be overdressed then underdressed, even if the place where you are inquiring about has a relaxed, casual dress code. Always dress conservative and be sure to cover any tattoos or piercings.

While most interviewees only think about clothing it is imperative to think about your shoes as well. Be sure to have leather shoes polished, patent leather shoes free of scuff marks. Women need to remember to wear heels but keep the heel at a reasonable height; you do not want to walk into an interview with five inch heels and shoes that you can barely walk in. This also goes along with your clothing; remember to keep your shoes conservative. You do not want to go into interview with a classic black business suit and then a pair of hot pink heels; this will just throw everything off. Also, remember if the bottoms of your shoes or soles are worn out it is best just to replace to sole or buy a new pair of shoes.

Your hair needs to be washed and combed nicely. Personally I would stay away from any vivid or “loud” hair accessories; for example, no brightly colored headbands, hair feathers, scarfs, ribbons, or extravagant hair barrettes. If you choose to wear your hair pulled back make sure it is done neatly and with neutral colored hair pieces.

Don’t forget your nails and hands. Make sure ladies to have manicured nails with a neutral polish if you choose to wear one. Also, be sure nails are trimmed and not excessively long. Keep jewelry to a minimum, wearing only one ring per hand. Men need to make sure their hands and nails are clean also; free of ink stains or dirt under nails. In addition, guys need to keep nails manicured and trimmed too.

Lastly, remember that it is not just your clothing being judged, it is the whole package of how well you present yourself. Keep it classy and conservative and remember to dress for success and to impress.

Career Advice from Monster Jobs said this:

“Your image matters because it shows your attentiveness to detail and gives recruiters an idea of how you’ll represent their company to clients, both internally and externally,” Glass concludes. “The visual message you send makes a big difference in how you’re perceived and, ultimately, whether or not you get the job.”


Here are some tips from Kim Zoller at Image Dynamics about dressing for an interview:


Women’s Interview Attire

  • Solid color, conservative suit
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Moderate shoes
  • Limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Tan or light hosiery
  • Sparse make-up & perfume
  • Manicured nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

 Men’s Interview Attire  

  • Solid color, conservative suit
  • White long sleeve shirt
  • Conservative tie
  • Dark socks, professional shoes
  • Very limited jewelry
  • Neat, professional hairstyle
  • Go easy on the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

What Not to Wear on an Interview By Alison Doyle, About.com Guide http://jobsearch.about.com/od/interviewattire/a/interviewnot.htm

What Not to Wear on a Job Interview

  • Flip-flops or sneakers.
  • Underwear (bras, bra straps, briefs, boxers, etc.) that is visible. Don’t wear any underwear that shows – even if your bra straps match your top.
  • Shorts.
  • Jeans.
  • Skirts that are too short.
  • Pants that are too low-rise or too tight.
  • Blouses that are too low-cut or too short – don’t show your cleavage or your belly.
  • More on underwear and low-rise pants – make sure the top of your thong, if you wear one, doesn’t show above your pants.

4 responses to “What to Wear to an Interview

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  2. Good pointers on the what to wear, and what not to wear. I think that they were all really good, and I really like the video. You would be surprised how much people need help with their wardrobe haha, but in the end you should be able to sell yourself in an interview by you knowledge, and your wardrobe should be your backup.

  3. I thought you did a really job of pointing out important tips for dressing appropriate. I never thought of dressing for an interview as one of the most important occasions other than your wedding dress! But this is a good point. It is crucial to cover up any piercings or tattoos because this could be sending the wrong message to the interviewer. I recently took some of my earrings out of my ears that could be considered weird or inappropriate because I know they are not professional and I will be interviewing before I know it. I think having good hygiene is just as crucial as dressing nicely. If people have gross fingernails or dry skin, that is so noticeable and gross to me. I would never want to go to an interview not feeling and looking my best. Also, good point in making sure your underwear doesn’t hang out! Because it happens more than you think.

  4. Micaela,
    I really enjoyed your post. You had some really good advice! I know it’s hard to pick out something to wear on a daily basis and your tips about what to wear to a job interview were very helpful. The most important things to remember if you are having trouble picking out what to wear for a job interview is to think conservative and polished. I haven’t been on a job interview yet, but I have been on an internship interview and after reading this post I’m really glad that I stop by Belk and purchased a pair of patent leather shoes on my way to the interview.

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