Dress to Impress

Before you say a single word to the interviewer, you have already made an impression based on how you’re dressed.

Women
• Generally, you should wear a suit with a skirt or pants. When in doubt, be more conservative.
• Your clothes should be comfortable and fit you well; if your waistband is cutting you in half or your jacket is too tight, you won’t look or act your best. Some stores offer free alterations when you purchase a suit, or you may want to find a tailor to adjust a suit you already own.
• Interview outfits should be simple and a soild color. Anything tight, bright, short, or sheer should absolutely be avoided. (Interviewers have been known to complain about the length of interviewees’ skirts; if you have any doubts, it’s probably too short.) Knee-length skirts are suggested. Very long skirts, while modest, are also considered too trendy for an interview.
• Wear a conservative blouse with your suit. Do not wear superbright colors, animal prints, or anything lacy, sheer, or low-cut.
• Make-up and nail polish should be understated and flattering; shades that are neutral to your skin tone are generally advisable. Avoid bright or unusual colors or very long nails.
• Keep your jewelry and hair accessories to a minimum, and stick to those that are not flashy, distracting, or shiny. One ring per hand is best.
• Shoes should be conservative and fairly low-heeled. They should be in reasonably good condition, not scuffed or run-down at the heels. Don’t wear shoes with an open toe or back; any shoes you would wear on a date or to a club are probably inappropriate. A basic pump is flattering, versatile, and will stay in style forever (once you own pumps, you can spend the rest of your money on fun shoes). The salesperson in the shoe store can steer you in the right direction.
• Your hose should be neutral (matched to your skin tone). Make sure the heels are not dyed black from your shoes and that there are no snags or runs. Only use the nail polish trick in an emergency; you may want to carry an extra pair of hose with you instead.
• Dress in a manner that is professionally appropriate to the position for which you are applying. In almost all cases, this means wearing a suit. It is rarely appropriate to “dress down” for an interview, regardless of company dress code policy. When in doubt, go conservative (is this starting to sound
familiar?).
• Your clothing should always be neat, clean, and pressed. If you don’t have an iron, either buy one or be prepared to visit the dry-cleaner’s often.
• Shower or bathe the morning of the interview. Wear deodorant. Don’t wear perfume: you don’t want to smell overpowering or worse, cause an allergic reaction.
• Make sure you have fresh breath. Brush your teeth before you leave for the interview, and don’t eat or smoke before the interview.
• Your hair should be neat, clean, and conservatively styled. Banana clips, brightly-colored scrunchies or elastics, and cheerleader-type ponytails look out of place with a suit. You may want to wear your hair in an up do, pull it back into a low ponytail, or wear a barrette (this suggestion does not include the tiny little barrettes that only hold the front of your bangs back). The idea is to look polished and professional, not to advertise what a creative genius your hairdresser is.

Wear a conservative blouse with your suit. Do not wear bright colors, animal prints, or anything lacy, sheer, or low-cut.
Make-up and nail polish should be understated and flattering; shades that are neutral to your skin tone are generally advisable. Avoid bright or unusual colors or very long nails.
Keep your jewelry and hair accessories to a minimum, and stick to those that are not flashy, distracting, or shiny.

One ring per hand is best.
Shoes should be conservative and fairly low-heeled.

They should be in reasonably good condition, not scuffed or run-down at the heels. Don’t wear shoes with an open toe or back; any shoes you would wear on a date or to a club are probably inappropriate. A basic pump is flattering, versatile, and will stay in style forever (once you own pumps, you can spend the rest of your money on fun shoes). The salesperson in the shoe store can steer you in the right direction.
Your hose should be neutral (matched to your skin tone). Make sure the heels are not dyed black from your shoes and that there are no snags or runs. Only use the nail polish trick in an emergency; you may want to carry an extra pair of hose with you instead.
Dress in a manner that is professionally appropriate to the position for which you are applying. In almost all cases, this means wearing a suit. It is rarely appropriate to “dress down” for an interview, regardless of company dress code policy. When in doubt, go conservative (is this starting to sound familiar?).
Your clothing should always be neat, clean, and pressed. If you don’t have an iron, either buy one or be prepared to visit the dry-cleaner’s often. Shower or bathe the morning of the interview. Wear deodorant. Don’t wear perfume: you don’t want to smell overpowering or worse, cause an allergic reaction.
Make sure you have fresh breath. Brush your teeth before you leave for the interview, and don’t eat or smoke before the interview.
Your hair should be neat, clean, and conservatively styled. Banana clips, brightly-colored scrunchies or elastics, and cheerleader-type ponytails look out of place with a suit. You may want to wear your hair in an updo, pull it back into a low ponytail, or wear a barrette (this suggestion does not include the tiny little barrettes that only hold the front of your bangs back). The idea is to look polished and professional, not to advertise what a creative genius your hairdresser is.dress-codes-11 While it may be appropriate to dress more casually for a second interview, you must still dress professionally. It’s much better to be too dressed up than too casual. This may sound like a lot of rules, but these are the generally acceptable guidelines you should follow when deciding what to wear to an interview. Dressing professionally shows respect for yourself, the interviewer, and the company. You may not have to dress like this everyday, but you are more likely to be taken seriously when you present yourself in a professional manner and take the time to attend to details. Men Dress in a manner that is professionally appropriate to the position for which you are applying. In almost all cases, this means wearing a suit. It is rarely appropriate to “dress down” for an interview, regardless of company dress code policy. When in doubt, go conservative. You should wear a suit to interviews. “Suit” means the works: a matching jacket and pants, dress shirt, tie, coordinating socks and dress shoes. A dark-colored suit with light colored shirt is your best option.
Your suit should be comfortable and fit you well so that you look and act your best. There is a difference between not yet feeling at ease in a suit and trying to fit into the same suit you wore to your sister’s wedding when you were 15. (In the latter case, it’s time to invest in a new suit!)
Avoid loud colors and flashy ties.
Clothing should be neat, clean, and pressed. If you don’t have an iron, either buy one or be prepared to visit the dry-cleaner’s often. Shower or bathe the morning of the interview. Wear deodorant. Don’t wear cologne or aftershave. You don’t want to smell overpowering or worse, cause an allergic reaction.
Make sure you have fresh breath. Brush your teeth before you leave for the interview, and don’t eat before the interview. Don’t smoke right before an interview. Your hair should be neat, clean, and conservative. While it may be appropriate to dress more casually for a second interview, you must still dress professionally. It’s much better to be too dressed up than too casual. A good rule of thumb is to dress like your boss. Shoes should be well-polished and in good condition, not scuffed or run-down at the heels. They should also match your belt. You will get a great deal of use out of a good-quality pair of dress shoes in a traditional style. Ask the salesperson at the shoe store for advice.

Be sure to shave the morning of the interview, even if you don’t ordinarily shave every day. If you have a full beard or moustache it should be trimmed and neat-looking.This may sound like a lot of rules, but these are the generally acceptable guidelines you should follow when deciding what to wear to an interview. Dressing professionally shows respect for yourself, the interviewer, and the company. You may not have to dress like this every day, but you are more likely to be taken seriously when you present yourself in a professional manner and take the time to attend to details. Wear Clothes that Wear Well One of the best interview dress tips for female applicants is to show up with a pressed, clean outfit, no matter what the outfit is. Showing up with a wrinkled shirt makes a bad first impression right off the bat. Always make sure that your outfit is free of stains, and is clean and smells fresh. Of course, you may want to press your interview clothes, but the fabric and structure of the outfit is also a factor. Some fabrics hold up better than others without wrinkling. Wool, silk and polyester fabrics are less likely to wrinkle than cotton, linen and rayon. Some materials that are prone to wrinkling can be treated to resist wrinkles, so check the labels. Fabric blends also tend to wrinkle less. For example, a polyester and cotton blend is nearly wrinkle free. Choose fabrics that don't wrinkle easily to prevent creases from forming while you commute to your interview or while you are sitting in the interview. If you're using pieces from your existing wardrobe, you'll already have an idea of which items resist wrinkling. Another consideration is how well the clothing holds its shape. If the clothes stretch, sag or otherwise lose their shape as you wear them, by the time you arrive at your interview, you may look sloppy. Choose Conservative Interview Clothes Avoid anything too trendy or revealing. Keep in mind that you're going to a workplace, so you should dress somewhat conservatively, even if the office is casual. Wearing a conservative look doesn't mean a boring look. For women, interview attire can reflect your personal style, while still providing coverage so that you look professional. For women, that means choosing interview outfits that have a higher cut, instead of a plunging neckline. If you choose to wear a dress or skirt, don't wear one that's too short or too long. The safe bet is to choose a hemline that hits mid-knee. The fit is another consideration. Choose an outfit that has a tailored look that's not overly tight. It's also best to avoid sheer fabrics, lace cutouts or similar features that are better suited for a night out than office wear. Your style may be trendy, but clothes that are too outside of the usual office options can affect the impression the hiring manager has of you. Wear traditional, timeless interview styles that you know will go over well. Wearing a big, crazy print or bold colors may stand out, but in a negative way. What is the best color to wear to an interview? Usually, it's best to stick with classic neutrals, such as black or navy. Avoiding light colors will ensure that you won't show up with a noticeable stain from a mud puddle or spilled coffee. Accessorize Minimally Just as with your interview clothes, your accessories should be conservative. Wear makeup if you feel comfortable wearing makeup, but skip bright colors or dramatic looks that don't fit in with the expected workplace environment of where you work. Nail polish should also look professional, so a clear or pale neutral color works best. It's a good idea to not wear perfume for the interview, as the scent can be overwhelming to some people. Wear a few simple pieces of jewelry. Your shoes are also part of accessorizing. You want shoes that are comfortable, easy to walk in and professional, so leave your stilettos at home! Comfortable flats or low heels work best. Wear a classic shoe rather than a super trendy shoe that might draw unwanted attention. Feel Comfortable A polished, professional look is essential, but you also need to feel comfortable in your outfit. If you're constantly adjusting your slacks or you feel as if you can barely breathe in your outfit, your discomfort may show in the interview. Uncomfortable clothes can distract you when you're trying to answer the questions the interviewer asks of you.