The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That’s why, in many cases, it is still important to dress professionally for a job interview, regardless of the work environment. One basic rule of thumb for job interview attire is to dress for a position above the one for which you are interviewing. Job interview dress code standards are generally understood to be more formal than you will dress after you have the job.A more conservative and formal outfit will show the interviewer that you are serious about getting the job and sends a message of a diligent work ethic.Some companies are traditional and conservative while others are more modern.In general, the candidate dressed in a suit and tie is going to make a much better impression than the candidate dressed in scruffy jeans and a t-shirt.
Men’s Interview Attire
- Suit (solid color – navy or dark grey)
- Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
- Tie -: Avoid bow ties and stick to a formal silk tie. Don’t wear too colourful or bold ties.
- Dark socks, conservative leather shoes -: Dark shoes with socks is the way to go. Wear them polished and make sure they are clean. Also, remember the golden rule for socks – the colour of your socks must always be somewhere between the colour of your trousers and shoes. And make sure that your shoes and belt are of the same colour – both either brown or black.
- Little or no jewelry
- Neat, professional hairstyle
- Limit the aftershave
- Clean And Shaven Look -: Last, but not the least, look well groomed. This includes a visit to the barber’s the day before your interview!
- Neatly trimmed nails
- Portfolio or briefcase :- The briefcase you carry finishes your entire formal look. If not a leather briefcase then carry a formal briefcase which does not look tattered and battered.
SOME MORE EXAMPLES ON HOW TO DRESS FOR JOB INTERVIEW
Women’s Interview Attire
- Solid color,suit skirt -: Wear a skirt as a particular survey shows that women who wear a suit skirt to an interview as compared to a pant suit have more chances of getting hired. This may seem a bit unfair but the fact is that a skirt suit displays your feminine side and immediately gets you in the good books whereas a pant-suit makes you look like a competition to the men. Depressing, but true! So, follow the trend and wear your skirt at a comfortable length — too much skin show is never good — and stick to dark formal colours.
- Coordinated blouse
- Moderate shoes -: Wear formal heels preferably with your feet covered. Stick to dark colours and wear either matching or skin coloured stockings to finish off the look perfectly.
- Limited jewelry
- Neat, professional hairstyle -: Wear a high pony or make a bun but keep the hair neat and tidy and out of your face. Don’t let stray hair bother you or divert the interviewer’s attention.
- Tan or light hosiery
- Sparse make-up & perfume
- Manicured nails
- Portfolio or briefcase
- Neat And Elegant Look: Keep your accessories simple and elegant. A simple pendant and a chain for the neck with a simple bracelet and basic pearl earrings should be wonderful. Avoid danglers and chunky pieces and carry a classy — not funky — leather bag to the interview.
SOME MORE EXAMPLES ON HOW TO DRESS FOR AN JOB INTERVIEW