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How to Dress for an Interview

In business, one’s dress is a reflection of one’s professionalism. Learn how to dress neatly and appropriately to make a good impression in an interview by following our run-down of the basics of professional dress for an interview.

WOMEN

General Advice

  • Clothes should be clean, ironed, conservative, and fit properly.
  • Dress for your body type (full-sized, medium, petit)

Color

  • Avoid bright colors (hot pink, neon, etc.)
  • Avoid loud prints and patterns
  • Avoid mixing colors
  • Use toned down colors (blue, gray, black, white, etc.)
  • Use solids and minimal patterns

Hair Style

  • Avoid multiple colors
  • Avoid extreme hairstyles
  • Use conservative styles

Make-Up

  • Avoid heavy make up
  • Avoid dramatic colors
  • Use enough to accentuate the positive
  • Use daytime colors

Shoes

  • Avoid excessively high heels
  • Avoid shoes that create a dangerous situation, such as flip flops
  • Make sure that shoes are polished
  • Wear heels at a comfortable height
  • Protect your feet

Fragrance

  • Avoid heavy perfumes and scented lotion
  • Use a light fragrance

Accessories

  • Avoid heavy jewelry
  • Avoid noisy jewelry
  • Wear light weight jewelry
  • Wear scarves

MEN

Astandard job interviewing attire for men

  • A conservative dark navy or gray two-piece business suit
  • A white long-sleeved button-down dress shirt
  • A conservative tie that matches the colors in your suit
  • Polished dress shoes
  • Belt should always match your shoes

      If you do not own a suit, wear the following:

  • A conservative coat (no plaids or wild patterns and preferably a dark color)
  • Nicely pressed dress slacks
  • A white long-sleeved button-down dress shirt
  • A conservative tie
  • Polished dress shoes
  • Belt should always match your shoes

Additional advice 

  • Clothes should be clean, ironed, conservative, and fit properly  
  • If you have a beard or mustache, your facial hair should be neatly trimmed 
  • Use conservative hair styles 
  • If you have any visible body parts pierced, most experts recommend removing all jewelry, including earrings  
  • Do not wear excessive cologne