What To Wear To A Job Interview


Different organizations vary greatly in their employee dress codes.  Some require a suit for men, others require panty hose for women, and some are ok with a t-shirt and flip-flops.  So when preparing for a job interview, how do you know what to wear?

The best answer is to ask the hiring manager, HR person, recruiter, or whoever invites you to interview, what the appropriate dress is for their company.  If for some reason this is not an option, try looking on the company website for cues as to how the employees dress.  When in doubt, it is better to overdress than underdress. Before you even open your mouth, an impression has already begun to form in the employer’s mind based on your appearance, and first impressions stick!  A bad choice of clothing, makeup, or hairstyle could distract the employer from your qualifications or make him not take you seriously.

Here are a few tips on how to dress for success:


Companies often prefer “business casual” dress.  What exactly does that mean?  For men, business casual means dress slacks, a collared shirt (but avoid polos), dark socks, and dress shoes.  A tie is optional.  For women, business casual could be a skirt or dress pants, a blouse and/or sweater, possibly a jacket, and hose with closed-toed shoes.

If you show up for an interview overdressed, take off  your suit jacket after the introduction, or discreetly roll up your sleeves to show a more casual look.  If you show up underdressed, try to compensate by being more formal in your manner of speaking and presenting yourself.

In short, look professional, dress comfortably, and avoid wearing anything distracting. Good luck!


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