Dress to Impress and Ace the Interview

These days you can walk into one office and see everyone in a jeans and t-shirt, then walk to a different one and see everyone in a suit and tie. No matter where you’re going, the dress code for an interview is more conservative. Use these tips to look the part in any interview.

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What to wear for a job interview.

Masculine

Feminine

  • Go for a dark blue or dark gray suit with a long-sleeved white shirt.
  • If you’re interviewing for a labor, technical or trade occupation (i.e., not where a suit is not appropriate), wear a clean, button down shirt.
  • Your tie should be conservative, but stylish.
  • Wear dark socks (over- the-calf) with clean polished shoes.
  • Go easy on the jewelry—maybe just a watch and a wedding ring.
  • Trim and clean your fingernails and facial hair.
  • Go light on the cologne.
  • If wearing a suit, pick a neutral color with a modest blouse.  
  • If wearing a dress, be stylish but keep your hemline close to knee-length.
  • If you’re interviewing for a labor, technical or trade occupation (i.e., not where a suit or dress is not appropriate), wear a clean, button down blouse.
  • Keep jewelry minimal and tasteful.
  • Hair and nails should be clean and neat.
  • Keep makeup light and natural.
  • Go light on the perfume.

 

So you have picked out the perfect outfit. Great! Now it’s time to practice what happens when you are in the room. Read the next article in our interview series—preparing for the interviewer’s questions—to learn more.