Dressing for a Job Interview

We all make an impression of someone the first time we see them.  The first impression you make on your interviewer is critical. How you dress and introduce yourself is very important.  It does not take long for an interviewer to tell whether you are a good fit for the company or not.  So, dress appropriately, greet with a handshake, and a smile.

Different jobs require different attire for an interview.

We recommend that you stay away from jeans, T-shirts, sneakers, and men’s open-toe shoes.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell how to dress for the interview.  You do not want to show up in a suit if it’s not called for.  You will look like you don’t understand the job or the industry.

For an interview that you will be working in a corporate setting or managerial position men should wear a business suit, tie, white, blue, or gray dress shirt, and black or brown dress shoes. Blue, black, gray, and brown are the norm for men’s suits.  Women can get away with wearing mostly any color, however; women should be conservative when selecting a color for their interview.  We recommend a solid color suit and shirt color that flows with the suit. When wearing a skirt keep it just above the knees.

For a clerical job interview a suit might not be necessary however, men should wear a solid color dress shirt, tie, dress pants, and dress shoes. Women should wear dress pants or skirt just above the knees, none low cut shirt, and dress shoes.  
Some jobs don’t have any dress code. They are often jobs that require a lot of physical labor.  How you dress in these types of jobs is often your choice. For this type of job interview men and women should dress business casual.  Men should wear dress pants, a dress shirt, and decent shoes.  Women should wear a dress skirt (above the knees), or dress pants, a decent shirt, and a decent pair of shoes. Remember solid color is the best way to go

Remember you are competing against others for the job. So, you want to keep yourself in contention.  So, prepare for the interview as best as you can.  Show up and time and turn of your phone before your interview starts.

Additional reading

HR Reveals What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Wear To A Job Interview

Robin Ryan @Contributor