Interview outfit: what to wear?

As the saying goes, “you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” Deciding what to wear for an interview can be stressful, so here are some tips for you to keep in mind.

A job interview will be successful depending not only on how well you answer the questions but also on how you present yourself. That is why it is important to keep a smart appearance. As deciding which attire is best can be a bit stressful, we’ve created a list of things to keep in mind.

Do some research

The first step to decide what to wear is knowing what the dress code for that particular company is. If it is an informal workplace, there’s no need for you to wear formal business attire. 

Being aware of the dress code will help you be better prepared for the interview and it will definitely decrease your stress level as you already know what to expect.

Wildcard: business casual

The safest option is usually business casual. There is no strict definition as to what business casual means, but it basically entails dressing up professionally without being overly formal.

It is probably the best option for almost every industry and nearly any position. It is like a default outfit.

Business casual for women

Wear simple and professional looking tops, comfortable and conservative. You can try a button-down shirt with a cardigan, a simple blouse with a blazer or a knit sweater. 
Choose neutral colors and simple patterns and avoid oversized sweaters, ill-fitting clothes or fabric that wrinkles easily.

Pair the top with black or navy slacks or with a pencil skirt, but make sure it is knee-length or longer. If you decide to wear a button-down shirt, make sure you tuck it into your pants or skirt to create a polished look.

To finish the look, choose black or brown flats, pumps or low heels. Shoes should be well polished, with no scratches or dirt on them. Avoid flip-flops, stilettos or brightly colored shoes.

Wear simple accessories and go for professional options, like hoop or stud earrings, a delicate necklace and maybe one or two simple bracelets. Avoid chunky or distracting accessories.    

Business casual for men

Wear a button-down shirt with collar, make sure it is well ironed and tucked into your pants. There is no need to wear a tie, but if you decided to do it, make sure it is one with a simple pattern or solid color. Try to layer a nice sweater, or a gray, black or navy-blue blazer to complete your outfit. Avoid polo shirts, even if your interview is at a laid-back company.

Pair the top with chinos or dress pants. Light-colored or khakis are a great option to create a business casual look. If not, you can opt for a more neutral palette like gray, black, navy blue or brown.

Complete the outfit with black or brown shoes. Chose loafers, lace-up shoes or oxfords and avoid sneakers. Make sure your socks match the rest of the outfit and stay away from athletic socks.

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