There is enough to worry about when preparing for an interview, so don’t stress about what to
wear for your interview. With the following tips, you can dress to impress, without the stress!
Dress codes have become more relaxed and casual in many workplaces, but does this also apply
when going for an interview?
First impressions are everything. Based on your dress code the interviewer will already have an
opinion on who you are as a person and what your work ethic may be. Even tough in many
cases your clothes will not define you as a person, nor will it answer the question if you can
perform well at the job but dressing appropriate for an interview will make you look
professional and will most definitely help you seal the deal.
Here are some of our tips and tricks to remember so you can create a great first impression atyour next job interview.
Appropriate outfits for an interview, often varies by industry. If the core business concentrates
on delivering face to face service to their clients, a professional look should be required. But if
the company focuses on giving online service, then a relaxed look could be expected.
If you know someone who works at the company you are interviewing for, ask them what they
wear to work. Most companies today have a strong online presence either through Instagram
or Facebook. These can act as hints and provide a glimpse of their work culture.
2. Comfort if key
It’s important to look professional for your interview. However, the biggest mistake you can
make is to choose something you’re completely uncomfortable in. If you wear something
uncomfortable, you will be more likely to act uncomfortable and you could easily throw off the
rest of your interview. Whatever you choose, make sure it is comfortable and makes you feel
3. Don’t over accessorize
When it comes to accessories, choose a ‘less is more’ approach. Whether you are a male or
female, try not to wear too much jewelry, especially large, flashy, and distracting ones. It may
take the attention away from what you are saying. Instead, wear simple hoops or stud earrings,
a delicate necklace, and a simple bracelet. In the case of a male, a watch and a nice belt are
4. Colors vs prints
Even though we live in a super trendy and modern era, there are certain combinations that are
not recommended when going to an interview. Now is not the time to pull out that tacky tie
you got last Christmas. Even if you think your tie will make a statement, stick with something
that is more traditional. Don’t be afraid of prints. Animal prints for example aren't usually
interview appropriate unless they are extremely subtle. Nevertheless, it’s not recommended
mixing the prints together. Incorporating a pop of color in clothing, make up or accessories can
surely spark the memory of the interviewer. A tasteful turquoise dress or red blazer are always
good additions to your interview wardrobe.
5. What not to wear to an interview
Finally, let’s review what you should not wear to an interview, regardless of how formal or
informal the workplace is. To make sure you look your best, avoid the following:
– Flip flops and other open-toed sandals
– Athletic shoes
– Tank tops or shirts with straps
– Shorts (unless you are applying for a beach job opportunity)
– Underwear that sticks out from clothing
– Skirts or dresses that are too short
– Shirts with too-low necklines
– Strong perfume or cologne. While you should smell clean, some scents are irritating to
others. In a small meeting room, smells can become distracting.
– Using different prints together
– Wearing clothing with slogans or text on it
Aim to be memorable rather than looking noticeable. The most important thing to remember at
the interview is that your performance should count more than your look. Yes, you should aim
to look the part, but you should be memorable for what you have to say rather than your look.
Still not sure what to wear to an interview, give us a call and we will guide you through a
selection process. We will make sure you stand out from the crowd and get that dream job.