Guidelines To Dressing For An Interview

Your dressing is most probably the first thing your interviewer will notice about you. A good not-overly-done dressing helps you make a great first impression. And when it comes to job interviews, you have one opportunity to make it count. You don’t want the first thing being noticed to be your bright green shirt or your yellow socks. This guide will help you dress in that killer look for the interview.


As tempting as it may seem filling the room with a scent you believe is great may not have the same impression to every one of the members of you interview panel. In fact it might have the oppposite of the intented effect. Your interviewers may be distracted rather and even perhaps offended. As long as you are fresh and looking good, you might need to save your fragrance and aftershave for another day.

What to Wear

Your dressing style should match the dressing style of the company you are applying to. Wearing a suit for instance should do for any company that is part of a more formal industry, such as banking, law or brokerage. You should probably go for a dark color like black or dark grey or even navy blue. You can blend this with a blue shirt, that always seems to go well with most skin tones and easily blends with most suit colors.

The tie you choose should also match your shirt and your suit. Some industries like software development and technology oriented companies however do not have formal dressing codes. Still you can’t go in looking shabby and it will be to your own advantage if you wear something a little nicer than what everyone in the office is wearing. So no matter how informal you look, you should still be elegant and dressy.

Such ensembles might include pressed khakis or trousers, a well pressed button-down shirt, and of course some sort of nice looking dress shoe and coordinating belt. You may even want to include a blazer. Navy blazers look great with khaki pants.

Shoes and Belts

Uncomplicated details like shoes that match the belt are great to remember. Dark clothes will go with black shoes and medium toned clothes should go with brown shoes. Your shoes will probably not make any impression, but if they are dirty or tattered they’ll most certainly be noticed. And this of course in a damaging light.


Use of accessories should be minimized or even completely avoided. Use some sort of bound portfolio to carry your resume, references or other papers. Cuff links and casual wristwatches should do for men. Earrings, necklaces, nose rings, and such are not interview material (except if you are applying to a tattoo shop). No matter what the type of industry, men should wear jewelry modestly.

In the end it will pay to look good. You should go that extra image mile to win the hearts of your prospective employer. If you follow this guide then the day of your interview will probably not be the last day you get to be in that nice building:)

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