How To Dress Appropriately For A Job Interview

Written by Indrani Karmakar, BA Hons  • 

“What should I wear?” and “I have nothing to wear!” These are the phrases that run through most minds when beginning to get dressed, even if their wardrobes are spilling! When it comes to clothing, the occasion matters. And if it is as important as an interview, you need to put a lot of thought into what you wear. If you are not sure about what clothes you should choose, what accessories you should pair them with, and what colors you can wear, we are here to help you. Here in this article is a complete guide to what to wear to a job interview. Read on to look confident and ace your interview.

1. Research The Company’s Dress Code

Research The Company’s Dress Code
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You may learn a lot about the company’s culture and the appropriate amount of formality for the workplace from looking into the company’s dress code. To obtain an idea of what individuals wear to the office, you may look at images of them online.

Casual Dress Code

For Women:

  • Black cardigan, dark top, and blue pants
  • A shirt that buttons down the front and a skirt that is at least knee-length
  • Choose closed-toe shoes or heels for your feet

For Men:

  • Shirts with collars or polo shirts
  • Jeans or dark trousers
  • Formal shoes

Business Casual Dress Code

For Women:

  • Slim-fitting pants or a navy dress shirt
  • Clothing with buttons, such as a jacket or cardigan
  • Sandals or pumps

For Men:

  • Pants that are black or navy in color and are worn for formal occasions
  • Collared shirts
  • Wear oxfords or loafers for shoes

Formal Dress Code

For Women:

  • Fitted dress
  • Coat to go with it
  • Heels

For Men:

  • Formal shirt and pant
  • Collared shirt and tie

2. Pick The Right Color

There are feelings associated with every hue. That’s why it’s important to wear the right colors to your interview.

Colors To Wear:

Gray

Gray Indicates that you are analytical, rational, or self-reliant. If you wear it with pride, the hiring manager may see it as a sign that you can think for yourself.

White

Wearing white is risk-free and communicates that you are well-organized.

Black

Black is the color of authority and refinement. It’s appropriate for executive-level positions but not for entry-level ones like retail sales or customer service.

Blue

Blue conveys reliability and assurance. The hiring manager will see this as evidence that you work well with others.

3. Wear A Mix Of Colors

Wear A Mix Of Colors
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It is crucial to know where to correctly blend colors when you are preparing your wardrobe. If you are interested in wearing a variety of hues, you must wear a brightly colored shirt. Wear a crimson jacket with some muted gray clothes and white sneakers. If you want to stand out, choose a neutral outfit with a single statement piece in a bold color.

4. Choose The Right Accessories

Choose The Right Accessories
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Headgears

No matter what the nature of the interview is, you should never wear a headgear. This includes winter beanies, sweatshirts, and headgear of any kind.

Jewelry

This means a strict no to any hanging earrings or armfuls of bracelets. Men can wear watches and wedding bands, but nothing else.

Belts

If your slacks or pants have belt loops, don’t forget to wear a belt with your attire. It must go with your clothes or at least your purse and shoes.

Shoes

Casual shoes, such as sneakers and flip-flops, should be avoided. You should also stay away from wedges and platform shoes. Wear closed-toe pumps in a neutral color or lace-up or sneakers.

Hair And Makeup

Makeup and hair should be kept to a minimum during interviews. Do not go to extremes. Avoid using bulky accessories like colorful scrunchies or big hair clips.

Nails

Minimize the length of your nails and stay away from neon polish. Your nail color should be completely invisible to the interviewer.

Fragrances And Colognes

You should be as restrained with your fragrance choice as you are with your clothes. Some folks just have a keener sense of smell than others. Don’t overdo it with your usual fragrance or perfume, as the smell is our greatest sense and may trigger associations with the interviewer’s prior relationships. We know how it sounds, but you don’t want to take chances in your interview!

Purse

Your professional document and a list of recommendations can be stored in one of these handy extras. Choose either a compact briefcase or a roomy purse to carry all of your personal items and the necessities for the interview.

Coats

Leaving your coat in the car is the best choice if you have one. It’s more convenient than having to hang up your coat and then go to get it when the interview is over.

So now that you know how to look your best during a job interview, nothing can stop you from creating the best impression. So, what is your go-to interview clothing? Let us know in the comments section.

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