First impressions can be one of the most important factors when it comes to interviewing for a job. You always want to dress to impress. However, choosing what outfit to wear depends on what type of job and company you are interviewing with. Obviously, you are not going to wear the same outfit to a company with a formal dress code that you would to a small startup. One thing is for sure though, the first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important no matter who and where you are interviewing.
Professional/Business Interview Attire
Almost 90% of the time you will want to wear professional or business attire to an interview. The first judgement an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you may be wearing. For men, this means a suit jacket with shirt and tie and slacks. For women this could be a blouse with slacks or a statement dress. Its okay to add some color as well but nothing to bright or flashy. There is no need to wear all black like you’re going to a funeral. Adding some color will add a modern finish.
Men: suits with shirt & tie, slacks with button up shirt and sweater (if it’s cold), clean polished dress shoes
Women: blouse, slacks, pencil skirts, statement dress, lapel-less blazer, black pumps (but not to high)
Business Casual Interview Attire
If the company, you are interviewing with has an informal work environment you can always go business casual. Business casual is still a polished and professional look. It doesn’t require a business suit since its not as formal. However, always dress a bit more professional then the average employee. If employees are wearing jeans, then men go for a nice ironed pair of khakis and a button up dress shirt. Women can wear a fitted blouse with pants and a pair of flats. Even thought business casual can be a bit laxed its still important to dress professional and conservatively.
Men: khakis, button up dress shirt, polo, nice polished shoes or loafers, blazer
Women: fitted blouse, pants, and a nice pair of flats
Casual Interview Attire
If you’re headed to an interview with a local start up, you will not want to wear formal business attire. Choose something that is more relaxed like dark-wash jeans, a nice top, polo, or relaxed khakis. You still want to look professional and polished even though the environment is much less corporate and formal. Your goal is still to make a good impression!
Men: khakis, polos, button up checkered dress shirts, dark wash jeans, a blazer with a nice t-shirt
Women: Dark wash jeans with a blazer, cotton blouses and skinny jeans, flats
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