What to Wear to an Interview

What you wear to an interview makes a lasting impression. Wear clothing that is clean, pressed and businesslike. In most cases, "business like" translates to a suit. Women can wear a suit with either skirt or slacks. If you are uncertain about what to wear to an interview, review your email for information such as "business causal" or "casual" interview wear, look at the company's website to learn more about the company culture, watch the "Dress for Success" webshop or get ideas from our Pinterest page. Be sure to check your correspondence with the company for instructions. Here are some quick tips:

  • Pressed clothes, no wrinkles
  • Clean and polished business shoes
  • Minimal jewelry, no facial piercings and cover your tattoos
  • No sleeveless clothing, spaghetti straps, bare midriffs or low-cut blouses
  • Skirts should be just above the knee when seated and not too tight
  • Men should wear a plain undershirt under their dress shirt
  • Go light on the cologne/perfume or do not use fragrance at all since some people have allergies
  • No gum chewing
  • Before the interview, turn off cell phone—not vibrate
  • Have a couple of interview outfits so you have options if asked back for a second interview
  • Simple classic outfits win over "fashion" references