How To Dress for a Job Interview

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When going on a job interview, it is important to make sure your clothing choice reflects the professional image you wish to portray. This doesn’t mean that you have to wear a suit and tie if the position doesn’t require it, but your attire should be clean, pressed and wrinkle-free. If in doubt, always err on the side of being overdressed rather than underdressed. You can always take off a jacket or scarf if necessary, but you can’t add them on last minute if you didn’t bring them with you.

First impressions are everything in an interview situation. The way you present yourself – from your posture and handshake to the clothes you are wearing – will all influence how potential employers perceive you. It is therefore essential that you make a good first impression if you want to increase your chances of landing the job.

Here are some tips for both men and women when choosing what to wear for their next interview.

Interview Attire for Women

  • Stick to neutral colors like black, navy blue or gray as these tend not only look more professional but also help exude confidence
  • Opt for classic silhouettes over trendier items as they come across as more timeless and appropriate for an office setting
  • Shoes should be closed-toe flats or pumps – avoid anything too flashy or high heels which may become uncomfortable during long interviews
  • Avoid excessive jewelry which could serve as a distraction during conversation
  • Keep makeup natural looking by sticking to nude tones – again less is more

Interview Attire for Men

  • Similar to women opt for darker colored suits in shades of black or charcoal grey as they give off a sense of authority while still maintaining professionalism
  • A dress shirt in white or a light pastel shade
  • Dark Dress Shoes loafers, oxfords, or derbys
  • A conservative tie with minimal patterns

Additionally, cologne or perfume should not be worn to an interview because it may be distracting or offensive to the interviewer. Strong scents can be overwhelming in a small space and make it difficult for the interviewer to focus on the conversation.