The guidelines given here are commonly accepted as appropriate for interviewing. Every company has a different dress code; how you dress at the job may have very little to do with how you dress for an interview.

 -     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-coloured suit with light coloured 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 colours 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 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.

-      Keep your jewellery 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 well-polished and in good condition, not scuffed or run-down at the heels. They should also match your belt.

-      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.


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. You will get a great deal of use out of a good-quality pair of dress shoes in a traditional style. 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.

Excerpts from an Article from Michigan state university career services network.

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