Interview Attire: The good, bad and inappropriate

Dressing for an interview is always a source of stress as, you never get a second chance to make a first impression! Here are a couple basic guidelines to navigate through your closet and find a conservative, professional look.

  1. Get rid of any visible body piercings and cover up tattoos.
  2. This is not the time to make a fashion statement, stick with nuetral colors like black, dark brown, navy blue, or gray.
  3. Make sure your clothing is clean and tailored to fit your body well. Clothing that is too tight, or too loose can be distracting.
  4. Shoes should be polished, and conservative. Ladies, this means a low heel, closed toe and nylons.
  5. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.
  6. Avoid cologne and perfumes, you don’t want to offend the interviewer.


Wear a suit with 2 or 3 buttons. Remember this: sometimes, always, never. The top button is optional, always button the middle button and never button the bottom button.

Wear pants at your natural waist, (just below your belly button). Pants worn too low look sloppy. Don’t forget to wear a belt that matches your shoes, and socks that match your pants.

Your dress shirt should be long sleeves and either light blue or white. Button the shirt cuff on the sleeves. Cuff links are too flashy for an interview. Complete the look with a solid color conservative tie or one with a small print. Avoid anything to trendy like a pink, fushia or dark olive.  


Think about the industry. If you are going into finance or banking, play it safe with conservative suits. If you are going into marketing, the employer may want  to see a more creative side. Contact Human Resources and find out which is most appropriate. Do some research

Blouses should not be low cut, and tucked in. It is always best to avoid sheer fabrics and ruffles.

If you select a skirt, make sure it is knee length, (even when you are seated).

Conservative hair, jewlery, makeup and nail polish are recommended.

Interview Dress for Men

Interview Dress for Women

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