How to Dress for Your Interview

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You should spend as little time as possible determining how to dress for your interview, using that time to prepare yourself for the tough questions instead. Here’s the best way to simplify your attire.

Your wardrobe plays a major role in making your first impression to any potential employee. Regardless of the work environment, it’s within your best interest to dress professionally.

How to Dress for Your Interview …

Formal Men’s Interview Clothing

  • Solid color suit

  • Collared dress shirt (coordinated with suit)

  • Belt

  • Tie

  • Dark socks with minimal to no patterns

  • Leather shoes

  • Minimal to no accessories

  • Neat, freshly cut hair

  • Trimmed, well kempt nails

  • Portfolio or briefcase

Formal Women’s Interview Clothing

  • Suit with skirt or pant

  • Coordinated blouse

  • Business shoes

  • Limited jewelry and accessories, nothing distracting

  • Professional hairstyle

  • Pantyhose

  • Clean or manicured nails

  • Portfolio or briefcase


Business Casual Men’s Interview Clothing

  • Khaki or cotton pants

  • Long-sleeved button-down shirt

  • Sweaters

  • Shoes and belt

Business Casual Women’s Interview Clothing

  • Khaki, twill, cotton pants or skirts

  • Sweaters, cardigans, knit shirts

  • Solid colors

Casual Interview Clothing for Men & Women

If you’re interviewing for a startup or similar company, you’ll want to dress the part. Think of ‘Startup Interview Clothing’ as a touch less dressy than business casual.

Here are some business startup interview clothing tips applicable to both men and women,

  • Form fitting shirts cotton shirts

  • Comfortable jean styles

  • Tasteful shoes that accent the entire outfit

  • Long-sleeved shirts with rolled up sleeves

  • Blazers

Expert Corner

“Your interview attire should make you feel attractive. Feeling attractive translates to confidence you just can’t fake. On top of abilities, employers are really looking for the most confident candidates to fill open positions.”

Categories: Interview Advice