CONGRATULATIONS! You got the call for the interview now what? It’s time to dig deep in your closet and pick the most professional fit. Not sure what to wear? No worries I have a few suggestions for you that will get you started.
Dress the part !
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 business professional dress code, business casual, or for an informal summer job or internship. [Quick Tip: Dressing appropriately is important because the first judgment an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing.] So for instance if the job is for a summer camp job, you may want to dress more on the casual side to show that you understand the position. Continue reading to find out what to wear and what not to wear depending on the type of interview.
Attire for Women
Above, are over all rule of thumbs to remember. Ladies should consider color when choosing attire and avoid wearing anything too bright or flashy that will distract the hiring manager. Also avoid very strong perfumes and heavy jewelry. Ladies remove the nose and tongue ring if you aren’t sure [see the picture above]. The more important thing to consider when you’re dressing for a job interview is that you should look professional and neat regardless of the type of position you’re seeking. Even though your interview attire very well depends on the role you’re applying for, no matter what the position, you should go to the interview looking neat, groomed, and well-dressed.
Should I dress according to the weather?
During the summer, as well as other times of the year, there are a few things to remember.
- Women need to make sure that their skirts are of conservative length when sitting as well as standing, and their blouses are not cut too low.
- Be sure you don’t overdo it with your makeup, and stay away from heavy fragrances.
- Make sure your shoes are clean, and your clothes aren’t wrinkled.
- Your portfolio or briefcase (which should contain your resume, notepad, working pen, and breath mints) must be clean as well.
- Do not chew gum, wear sunglasses or hats, or have your headphones around your neck when you show up to an interview.
- Make sure to put your phone on silent (not vibrate) during an interview and keep it put away during the interview.
How should I wear my hair and make up?
Honestly ladies, as long as your hair is neat and not distracting you can get away with various hair styles. Here are a few suggestions:
- Sleek ponytail
- Low, high or side Bun
- Loose curls
- If you are wearing braids, make sure they are pulled back in a neat style
- Straight down but out of your face
- Any pin up style or pin one side back
As far as your make up, you want to remember that you are not getting prepared for a hot date! Here are a few suggestions:
- Make sure your foundation is smooth and it matches your skin tone
- DO NOT wear fake eyelashes and avoid heavy mascara
- Go extremely light on the eye shadow. Absolutely NO CRAZY COLORS! Its best to choose natural colors that compliment your skin tone.
- If you must wear eye liner, I highly recommend using a pencil eyeliner vs liquid for a more softer look
- Avoid bold loud lipstick colors. It’s highly recommended to do a light gloss or a gloss with a little splash of color is acceptable.
- Ladies who are like me that LOVE red lipstick, please note its OK to wear it but it needs to be worn with black attire and minimal eye makeup!
Attire for Men
Above, are over all rule of thumbs to remember. Finding options are not as complicated for men as it is for the ladies. Men should also consider color and patterns when choosing attire and avoid wearing anything too bright, flashy or busy patterns that will distract the hiring manager. Also avoid very strong colognes and heavy jewelry [see the picture above]. As stated above for the ladies, when you’re dressing for a job interview is that you should look professional and neat regardless of the type of position you’re seeking. Even though your interview attire very well depends on the role you’re applying for, no matter what the position, you should go to the interview looking neat, groomed, and well-dressed.
So whats appropriate interview attire for men?
Remember is less is more! Men fashion is pretty straight forward. I understand that it can be difficult to put something together. Here are a few suggestions:
- Wear a tie! Ties don’t have to be boring tho. Just avoid flashy ties with a lot of crazy prints.
- Coordinate your tie with an interesting button down for a look that is sophisticated and stylish.
- A navy blue blazer is a good switch up from typical black suit coat! Be sure to have a nice shirt under neath. NO T-SHIRTS!
- Layer a sweater with a button down for the most dependable business casual look. Neutral colors like brown, black, and navy are good choices .
- You can never go wrong with a light-colored or khaki blazer and coordinating pants.
- If all else fails, then go back to the basics! A solid button down, grey or black slacks, and coordinating tie will work every time.
Hair & Accessories
Yes! This matters for you men as well. Please take a look at my suggestions below:
- If you have braids, long hair, or dreads make sure they are pulled back away from your face.
- If you are growing your hair, make sure you have a really good shape up. If, applicable be sure to get a hair cut. You want to look very neat.
- .Facial hair should be trimmed and neat.
- I know you all love headphones, but leave them at home. Do not have them around your neck or hanging from your pocket.
- Flashy and heavy jewelry should be avoided. This includes nose, tongue and ear rings.
- Avoid being too casual.