What’s the best outfit to wear to a job interview? Your options will vary depending on the type of job and company you’re interviewing with. You always want to dress to make the best impression, but the outfit you choose depends on whether you’re interviewing at a company with a formal dress code, a casual startup, or for an informal summer job or internship.
Here’s information on how to dress for an interview, including advice on what, and what not, to wear, how to impress a prospective employer, business vs. business casual attire, and general tips on dressing for success.
Professional / Business Interview Attire
The first impression you make on a potential employer is the most important one. The first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That’s why it’s always important to dress appropriately for a job interview.
Generally, you want to wear professional, or business, attire. For men, this might mean a suit jacket and slacks with a shirt and tie, or a sweater and button down. For women, this might mean a blouse and dress pants or a statement dress. You can also incorporate some modern style trends into your outfit.
Whether you are a man or woman, you also want to think about the colors you wear for an interview. Avoid anything too bright or flashy that will distract the hiring manager.
Non-Professional / Business Casual Interview Attire
If you have a job interview in an informal work environment, you might wear a business casual outfit. Business casual outfits are less formal than a suit, but they are also more professional and polished than, say, a t-shirt and shorts or a sundress and sandals.
Of course, make sure you know the dress code before you assume that business casual is acceptable. If you aren’t sure, call the office and ask the administrative coordinator or contact the person who scheduled the interview for advice.
Always dress a bit more professional than the average employee at the company. If everyone is wearing shorts and t-shirts, for example, you might wear khakis and a polo shirt or button down.
Here’s what to wear when dressing for an interview when the dress code is business casual.
Casual Interview Attire
If you have an interview at a startup company, nix the head-to-toe formal business attire. Rather than showing up in a black suit and dress shoes, opt for something that is relaxed but still presentable: relaxed-fit khakis, dark-wash jeans, and a nice top, for example.
Read here for more information on how to look appropriate and professional for a startup interview.
Best Job Interview Hairstyles
There are lots of ways to style your hair for a job interview. While some options are funky and others are more traditional, remember that your hairstyle should not distract the employer. You will want your hair to be professional and polished, like your entire outfit.
Here are the best job interview hairstyles for short, medium, and long hair.