There is no getting around it! In every job
interview, you are going to be judged - at least
partially - by how you look. The manner in which
you present yourself during an interview can make
a big difference in your ability to advance further
into the interviewing process.
What Should I Wear?
Although your attire plays a supporting role to
your performance during the interview, it is
important in making the “ﬁrst impression” which
can be a critical factor in your success. You need to
dress appropriately in accordance with the
standard apparel expected for the position.
10 Seconds is All it Takes
Interviewers can decide in 10 seconds that they do not want you.
It will take them longer to decide they do want you. Chances are
that by dressing on the conservative side, you may
unintentionally disqualify yourself. But, trying to demonstrate how
hip you are with your exposed lower back tattoos or laid-back
Juicy Couture outﬁt could backﬁre.
Use Your Judgement
A suit is not always necessary. So be sure to learn
about an industry’s fashion culture; some are
obviously more casual than others. It is also usually
suitable to inquire about the dress code while
setting up the interview.
Interview Attire for Men
In most interviews, it is recommended that men wear dark
or gray suits (solids or subtle pinstripes).
Dress shirts should be solid, preferably white, cream , or
pale blue. Be sure the shirt and suit are pressed/ironed.
A variety of ties can be worn, keeping in mind that
muted colors in solid, stripes, or small patterns are
Make sure your shoes are polished. Leather, lace-up,
or slip-on business shoes, preferably in black or
brown, are preferred.
Should be a darker color (never white or bright colors)
and of mid-calf height so that no skin is visible when
you sit down.
Hair and Facial Hair
Neatly groomed hair is appropriate. If you happen to
have long hair, consider putting it in a ponytail to
keep it out of your face. Beards and mustaches should
be well groomed.
Minimize or avoid the use of cologne; many interviews
take place in small spaces, and if your interviewer is
allergic, it could be an unpleasantly short interview.
If you choose to wear jewelry, be conservative. Be aware
that wearing earrings might not always be viewed
In most interview settings, it is recommended that women
wear suits in plain, neutral, or dark colors. In organizations
that are less formal, one might consider a sweater set and
skirt or a dress, rather than a full suit. Skirts should be
knee-length. Tailored pantsuits are appropriate.
Wear a tailored blouse underneath the suit jacket. White,
ivory or a light tone that matches your suit is appropriate.
Short-sleeved blouses are preferred over sleeveless blouses.
Shoes and Hosiery
Basic pumps, polished, with medium or low heels are
appropriate; they should be dark and match the
interview suit (or be a shade darker). Hosiery should be
sheer and a natural color.
Simple jewelry is best, with no dangling bracelets or
large, clunky jewelry that interrupts your conversation.
Cologne and Cosmetics
Be conservative with perfume and makeup: when in a
small space, even a little perfume may be too much
(particularly if someone is allergic), so consider not
wearing any. Nail Polish should be a light shade or
Styling should be simple and should not distract you
from your focus on the interview.
ATR International, Inc.
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