When preparing for an interview, think of selecting your interview attire as the icing on the cake — that final detail that pulls all your efforts together.
When considering how to dress for an interview, use your best judgment and don’t overthink it. You should choose clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident — nothing that you’d have to tug or pull at or something that would wrinkle easily on your commute to the interview.
- Avoid revealing clothing and anything that doesn’t fit properly.
- Check for stains, snags, pet hair and holes. Make sure it’s cleaned and ready a few days before your interview.
- The night before the interview, lay out or hang up your outfit. It should be out of reach of children, housemates or pets.
How to match your outfit to the workplace
Because you’ve already researched the company, you should have a sense of the workplace and what level of formality is appropriate. Look at photos on their social media sites to get a sense of what people wear at the office.
For more casual workplaces, professional-looking casual job interview attire is appropriate. For women, this could mean:
- Dark jeans, a blouse and cardigan
- A knee-length skirt and button down shirt or blouse
- Both options can be worn with flats or heels, avoid open-toe shoes
For men, this could mean:
- Dark jeans or slacks and button down shirt or polo
- This can be worn with any closed-toe shoes that are neat and clean.
For a business casual environment, you’ll need to dress up a bit more. For women, this could mean,
- Black or navy dress pants or pencil skirt
- Button down shirt and cardigan or jacket
- Flats or heels are appropriate
For men, this could mean,
- Black or navy dress slacks with a belt, button down shirt and tie
- A blazer is optional
- Oxfords or loafers
For a formal workplace, wear a dark-colored suit. For women this can be a tailored dress with matching jacket or suit pants or skirt with matching jacket. For men, this means suit pants and jacket with a button down shirt and tie.
Summary: How to dress for an interview
- Use your best judgement and don’t overthink it.
- Choose clothes that make you feel comfortable and confident.
- Avoid revealing clothing.
- Check for stains, snags, pet hairs and holes.
- Match your outfit to the workplace.