How To Dress For An Interview

Your resume worked and now you have an appointment for an important job interview. You have done your homework. You are confident that you can answer anything the interviewer throws at you. Finally the big day arrives and the finally important choice must be made. What should you wear?

It is no secret that how you look has everything to do with the first impression you make. A first impression is made in the first few seconds. If you are too formal in your appearance, you might give the impression of being rigid and stuffy. If you are too casual, you may send the signal that you do not take the interview or the job very seriously.

Begin by talking to employees of your potential new employer and find out what the dress code is and how seriously management takes it. If you can’t find out this information, you should choose clothing that is professional in the impression it gives.

If you do not already own clothing that will work on an interview, you should go to a store where you can get good advice from the sales person. If necessary, have the clothes tailored. No one completely fits in clothes that are off the rack. 


Look clean and neat. Make sure that your hair is done appropriately. Women - do not wear wild hair-do’s and keep it out of your face. Men – get your head and facial hair trimmed.

Do not wear a perfume or cologne as many people are allergic. Bathing with good quality bath soap will leave a light scent. You will be nervous and a gentle scent can mask the perspiring you may be doing. An unscented antiperspirant can be used.

Cover any tattoos and avoid gaudy jewelry. Definitely limit pierced jewelry to ears only. Do not wear nose or tongue jewelry.


  • Wear a color coordinated suit.
  • Appropriate colors are dark - blue, black or gray are best.
  • Wear a tie - even if you will never wear one after you get the job.
  • Shoes should be clean and polished - black is best.
  • Make sure your nails are trimmed and that they are clean.


  • Wear a classic suit or a simple dress with a jacket. This is not a time to be provocative or sexy. Some appropriate colors are navy blue, black, gray, or dark colors. With a suit a white blouse is appropriate.
  • Dress in a higher style that the position calls for but do not attempt to out dress everyone there.
  • Avoid wearing clothes that are tight, revealing or trendy. It may be the latest fashion but it will not impress the interviewer.
  • Fingernails should be trimmed to a length that doesn’t leave an observer wondering how you keep from stabbing yourself. The polish should be closer to a color your mom might wear than to a color that your kid sister would go for.

Even after you are successful in getting the job, you should continue to pay attention to your wardrobe. Interviewing for that first job is only the beginning in the role clothing will play in your career.


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