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How to Dress for an Interview: Your Essential Guide

by Ola Malachi
An alpha male well dressed for an interview

With more competitive job openings available, making a good first impression with how you dress for an interview has never been more important. Before setting out for the interview, consider today’s workplace conventions, the employer’s dress code, and the interview location while choosing your interview attire.

Not dressing appropriately for an interview is one of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make. What you wear is one of the only things in your control, and if you get it right, it may be the difference between landing that dream job or being unemployed.

If you want to create a good first impression and land that dream job, follow these tips:

Choosing the Right Dress for an Interview

Dress for an interview with good timing to avoid a rush

Regardless of what everyone else at the workplace is wearing, it is important to pay close attention to your dress for an interview. For example, a candidate in a suit and tie, or a dress and heels, will normally create a considerably better impression than a candidate in jeans and shoes.

Learn more about what to wear to a corporate job and what to wear to a more relaxed, casual job. In both circumstances, being well-dressed in clean, undamaged clothing is needed.

Remember that your top goals are to display your credentials and make informed professional judgments. That is, your outfit should enhance rather than detract from the main point of the interview. 

Using our straightforward procedure, you’ll be able to confidently pick your clothing without having to spend vast time and energy on this area of interviewing.

With no further ado, let’s get right through it.

The Suit

A man completely dressed for an interview

When selecting a dress for an interview, you can always opt for the standard, classic suit. However, many fashion suits are available that will become out of date faster than you can purchase them. So ignore the latest trend and find what looks best on you.

Make sure your suit fits. Too many men buy suits that are too big for them. Find one that’s as close to fitting as possible. If you need to make adjustments, it’s always worth investing in a tailor. When checking your suit fit, ensure that:

  • You’re able to move your arms freely.
  • You have a few inches of room in the chest.
  • The chest and shoulders fit comfortably.
  • The jacket is long to cover your behind.
  • When your arms are held straight down, make sure that the arms do not extend past your knuckles.
  • The sleeves show ½ inch of the shirt cuff.
  • Your jacket collar shows ¾ inch of your shirt’s collar.

For choosing the right dress for an interview, go for the standard classic suit – single-breasted, notched lapels, two or three-buttoned jacket, single or double back vent, regular flap pockets, and a left breast pocket. As for trousers, flat or pleated slacks are fine.

When selecting your suit fabric, you must consider its weave and color. Natural fibers are best, preferably worsted wool. Blended fabrics, although cheaper, are less durable and may be less breathable.

It’s best to select safe colors for an interview – navy blue, charcoal, grey, or black.

Other tips for wearing a suit/dress for an interview:

  • Unbutton your jacket when sitting down.
  • Have your suit dry-cleaned before your interview, if needed.
  • Have your suit pressed to ensure you look your best.
  • Don’t smoke near your interview suit or other bits of clothing.
  • If you’re low on cash, buy something cheap but not cheap-looking.

Here are some classic suits you can try out:

P&L Men's 2-Piece Classic Fit 2 Button Office Dress Suit Jacket Blazer & Pleated Pants Set Tan
  • 🌞Material: 65% Polyester, 35% Viscose, Wool Touch Feel, feels breathable yet Anti wrinkle ,Refined fabric not stuffy suitable for Year Round Use . 🌈【 Modern Style & Classic Fitting 】This 2 Piece mens suit jacket blazer & pleated pant set is a classic-fitting cut from 3D draping.Regular suits are more relaxed and casual than slim suits, they make you look more polished and capable,and you will look more spiritual or serious.You'll find it not only beautiful but comfortable.You will get praise!
  • 👔【 Finest Material & Careful Craftsmanship 】P & L focus on quality,understands that upscale material and careful craftsmanship are the two most important things to mens suit jacket. Blazer :The two- button single-breasted jacket features Breathable lining, Notch Lapel and Dual Side Vent Jacket .The experienced tailors handmake these suits with the good ,breathable and comfortable and material. From head to toe, you will find these suits are exactly the same quality as our pictures.
  • 🧥【 Multifunctional:Suitable for a Variety of Occasions】This classic suit set is suitable for multiple occasions, such as weddings, business meetings, fashion shows, parties, grand holidays or just daily use. At our affordable price, we strongly suggest you purchase multiple colors and it will be so easy to find your proper suit for any event!
  • 👖【2 Piece Suits Set, Practicality: Tailorable Pants】Classic 2-piece suit that never gets out of date. The combination of Jacket, Vest and Pants gives you more options on wearing according to different weathers and occasions. Notable points:our Pants(with unfinished bottom) : The bottom of the pants can be cut at will according to your height and preferred size。while the matching pleated Dress Trousers are lined at the waist for increased comfort and wearability .
  • 🌈【 How to Choose Size】Please check the P&L SIZE TABLE in the description carefully to avoid waste of time and money on returns. DO NOT look at the Amazon size chart.Fabric care: It is recommended dry clean, Hang dry in shade.
P&L Men's 2-Piece Classic Fit Suits Tux & Flat Front Pant Navy
  • Premium Material: 65% Polyester, 35% Viscose. Classic Fit and Sharp Cut.
  • Blazer Jacket: Fully lined,Single Breasted,2-button closure, Notch lapel, flap pocket and double side vent.
  • Trousers: Flat Front, slanted front pockets, back welt pockets with button. Unfinished hem pants & Tailor-Ready.
  • Size Chart & Garment Care: Pls check the size chart for reference on 2nd picture. Dry Clean Only.
  • Two-piece in multiple beautiful colors to score your all occasion. wedding, business conferences, formal dinners. Also prefect for the young men preparing for the homecoming, prom and back to school.
P&L Men's Premium Slim Fit 2-Piece Business Wedding Prom Suit Jacket Blazer Tux & Flat Pants Set Navy
  • Ultra-soft fabric makes wearing it a dream (65% Polyester, 35% Viscose- Wool Touch feel fabric for Year Round Use).
  • Blazer: Single Breasted Two Buttons, Notch Lapel with Side Vents. Slim cut and fit provides a comfortable range of motion and doesn't constrict your arms.
  • Trouser: Flat Front pants with Unfinished hem, allow you to customize the perfect length.
  • Three inner pockets allow for secure, discrete storage of small items like coins, wallet, and passport. Dry Clean Only.
  • Flattering on all body types,pls check size chart for reference on 2nd picture;suitable for multiple occasions, such as weddings , business meetings, fashion shows, parties, grand holidays or just daily use.

The Dress Shirt 

The fit should be loose enough so that you’re able to move freely but not so loose that you have excess material bunched up under the jacket. Your shirt should be long so that when you bend over, it doesn’t un-tuck. Finally, you should be able to put two fingers in-between your neck and collar – any more, and it’s too loose.

Avoid buttoned-down collars in an interview, as they’ll appear less formal. Your choice of collar depends on your facial structure. Long thin faces – spread collar, round faces – point collar.

Your shirt fabric should be simple. Avoid loud colors such as pink and purple and patterns such as checks – they make the outfit less formal. The white and blue colors are simple and go with almost every suit.

Here are some interview shirts you can try out:

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Mens Long Sleeve Slim Fit Dress Shirts (C455 White,M)
  • Twill fabrics are generally softer and more glossy than smooth fabrics (Poplin/Oxford)
  • In theory, this collar fits all face shapes, so it's the most common and safe shirt.
  • Regular sleeve type, two buttons, can adjust cuff tightness according to wrist thickness.
  • Features: button-front dress shirt, solid color. Usually with a jacket, tie and a suit or formalwear, but this shirts are also worn casually too.
J.Ver Men's Dress Shirts Solid Long Sleeve Stretch Wrinkle-Free Shirt Regular Fit Casual Button Down Shirts White Small
  • 【Flex Fabric】The long sleeve dress shirt is made of stretch fabric,makes you move body easier;soft and comfortable with good breathability
  • 【Wrinkle Free】The combination of high-quality fabrics and special technology makes the solid dress shirt not easy to wrinkle, easy to care.The classic spread collar easily matches with a tie or bow tie
  • 【Occasion】Business/Wedding/Party/Dating, whether for formal occasions or daily casual, this mens dress shirt is a perfect choice; it is also an ideal gift for family, lovers and friends
  • 【Size】Our button down shirts are US regular fit tailoring style,a variety of sizes and colors for you to choose,please refer to the size chart to choose the size that suits you
  • 【Customer Service】Any problem about our product, please feel free to contact with us,we will respond and resolve your issues in a timely manner.Look forward to your choice
J.Ver Men's Dress Shirts Solid Long Sleeve Stretch Wrinkle-Free Shirt Regular Fit Casual Button Down Shirts White Large
  • 【Flex Fabric】The long sleeve dress shirt is made of stretch fabric,makes you move body easier;soft and comfortable with good breathability
  • 【Wrinkle Free】The combination of high-quality fabrics and special technology makes the solid dress shirt not easy to wrinkle, easy to care.The classic spread collar easily matches with a tie or bow tie
  • 【Occasion】Business/Wedding/Party/Dating, whether for formal occasions or daily casual, this mens dress shirt is a perfect choice; it is also an ideal gift for family, lovers and friends
  • 【Size】Our button down shirts are US regular fit tailoring style,a variety of sizes and colors for you to choose,please refer to the size chart to choose the size that suits you
  • 【Customer Service】Any problem about our product, please feel free to contact with us,we will respond and resolve your issues in a timely manner.Look forward to your choice

The Tie

Avoid very bright colors and designs that will attract undue attention. Solid or simple patterns in red, blue, or black are acceptable. Striped ties are a good choice and come in various colors. As for the tie material, always wear a tie made from silk.

On a side note, a study shows that brown ties create a trustworthy expression in the workplace. They indicate that you are self-assured, trustworthy, and honest, although they have a dreary meaning. Wearing a brown tie to a job interview conveys to your prospective employer that you are a decent choice and will be a dependable employee.

Although your physical appearance doesn’t guarantee 100% of your job chances, it significantly influences how the interviewer views you. Even though the employer does not need you to wear a tie on the job, it is important to wear one in the beginning to demonstrate your devotion.

You can always get your suit ties together with other accessories for matching colors and patterns.

Dress Shoes 

Your shoes are as important as the suit itself. Avoid anything eccentric. Plain, polished, dark shoes are fine—oxfords are always a safe choice, and a good pair will last for years. Remember that your shoes and belt should always match, and you should only wear dark socks.

Women are no longer required to wear heels, and men are no longer required to wear stiff, formal shoes, but you should avoid wearing sneakers or sandals. Also, keep the flip-flops, Eskimo boots, and expensive Nikes in the shoe cabinet. When choosing professional shoes for an interview, ensure they have a closed toe, a heel no higher than 3 inches, and are in neutral colors. Flats are also suitable for an interview.

Here are some shoes that will fit your interview suits:

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Bruno Marc Men's Faux Patent Leather Tuxedo Dress Shoes Classic Lace-up Formal Oxford Black 10.5 M US CEREMONY-06
  • A classic design with patent leather make you stand out at any wedding party or formal event
  • Premium Leather Lining offers comfort and breathability when you walk a long time
  • Flexible construction with lightly cushioned insole for comfort and shock absorption
  • Durable rubber outsole and wooden stacked heel provide traction and grip
  • This dress shoes is designed to match with any tuxedo or formal outfit
Bruno Marc Men's SBOX227M Slip on Tuxedo Dress Loafers, Black, Size 11
  • Greater Stability: Designed with a flexible and wear-resistant TPR outsole for long-term durability. Stride with stability and ease in these loafers
  • Stylish Design: Available in different materials. Smooth patented leather delivers a polished style, while the velvet upper with intricate pattern adds a refined touch
  • Superior Comfort: Finished with a soft PU covered memory latex insole for ultimate comfort. Enjoy cushioning and arch support in each step
  • Easy Slip-On: These men’s loafers&slip-ons feature a slip-on silhouette for easily putting on and taking off
  • Versatile Shoes: These versatile loafers for men pair effortlessly with a suit or jeans for an array of styles – casual or formal. These are the perfect pick for a party, banquet, or just daily work
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Bruno Marc Men's Downing-02 Black Leather Lined Dress Oxford Shoes Classic Lace Up Formal Size 11 M US
  • Men’s derby shoes designed in the USA.
  • Soft synthetic leather upper features a plain toe
  • Classic lace-up construction for a secure fit
  • Premium leather lining and lightly padded latex footbed for all-day comfort
  • Flexible and comfortable derby dress shoes with rubber outsole. Heel Height Measurement: Approximately 1 inch.

Accessories 

Less is always bliss, so keep it simple. For example, a wristwatch is fine—if it has an alarm, turn it off before the interview. As for jewelry, piercings may be more acceptable in today’s society, but it’s still best to play it safe and remove all piercings if you have any.

The adage “less is more” applies to interview attire. Examine your appearance in the mirror before leaving the house. Ideally, your accessories will be understated and complement your overall outfit.

Make your appearance appropriate for the job and sector. For example, if you work for a government office, the standards are different than if you seek a position in fashion public relations.

Avoid wearing too many things at once. It’s also vital to pick accessories that complement your interview outfit rather than overwhelm it.

Wearing a hat to a job interview is inappropriate, regardless of the position. Winter hats, baseball caps, and even designer hats fall under this category, (Religious headgear, such as a yarmulke, hijab, or other head covering, is an exemption and may be worn during interviews.)

In a similar vein, avoid wearing hoodies or other sweatshirts or sweatpants.

Here are some suit accessories (ties inclusive) that you should try out:

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TIE G 5pcs Tie Set in Gift Box : Solid Color Necktie, Satin Bow Tie, Pocket Square, Lapel, Cuff Links (Wine)
  • ❤️ [PACKAGE CONTENT] Woven Necktie + Satin Bow Tie + Pocket Square + Cufflinks + Lapel(or Tie Clip) + Premium Gift Box. Purchase our 5PCS TIE SET and SAVE more than $18. (Tie $9.99 + Bow Tie $5.99 + Hanky $3.99 + Cufflinks $5.50 + Lapel or Tie Clip $9.95 = $35.42 for 5 items)
  • ❤️ [MODERN STYLE] Neck Tie: 57 x 3.35 inches(145cm x 8.5cm), Bow Tie: 4.72 inches(12cm), Pocket Square: 10.2 x 10.2 inches(26cm x 26cm), Cufflink Diameter: 0.6 x 0.6 inches(1.5cm x 1.5cm), Tie Clip: 2.36 inches(6cm)
  • ❤️ [VIVID COLOR] Satin yarn dyed fabric presents incomparable true vivid colors. It makes so convenient to match colors according to the dress code with friends, family and loved ones.
  • ❤️ [PREMIUM GIFT SET] Outstanding quality items are carefully packed in the valuable gift box. Unforgettable lifelong presents for father, husband, son, boyfriend, groomsmen, best man and all loved ones.
  • ❤️ [OCCASION] Tons of styles for formal dress shirt, suit & tuxedo are best match for wedding, formal business meeting, prom, interview, casual party, banquet, ceremony and all precious moments.
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DiBanGu Men's Silk Tie and Pocket Square Navy Woven Tie Cufflink Set Business
  • 🎁【PURCHASE CONTAINS】Silk Navy Blue Plaid Necktie + Woven Pocket Square + Cufflinks + Silver Tie Clip+ Gift box.It's Proper gift for Father's Day,Christmas Day,Valentine's Day,Thanksgiving Day,Anniversary,birthday ect.
  • 🎁【CLASSIC SIZE】Tie size:59x 3.35 inches(150cm x 8.5cm), Pocket Square size: 9 x 9 inches(23*23cm),Cufflink Diameter:0.55 inches(1.4cm).Exquisite men's formal tie set for a variety of dress shirts and suit tuxedo.
  • 🎁【MATERIAL and CRAFT】necktie and pocket square are made from Silk. 2000 stitches jacquard woven craft, high-density fabric makes the tie non-deformed and soft with a genuine look and feel.
  • 🎁【ELEGANT DESIGN】Classic checks pattern is perfect match with suit tuxedo,makes you out of ordinary in any occasion.Best match for prom,wedding reception, banquet, ceremony, formal meeting,casual party, Important Moment ect.
  • 🎁【OVER THOUSANDS OF CHOICES】of neckties in our shop,Paisley/Plaids/Solid/Stripe/Floral/Gold/Black/Pink/Blue/Red/Purple ect are all available,exclusive design mens tie set for you!
YOHOWA Cummerbund Bow Tie Set for Men, Silk Cummerbund Pretied Bow Tie Pocket Square Cufflinks (Black Paisley Set)
  • ➷ Package Contents: 1 Bowtie + 1 Cummerbund + 1 Pocket Square + 2 cufflinks.YOHOWA has more than 1,000 styles of CUMMERBUNDS TIES waiting for your choice,please click the brand name"YOHOWA".
  • ➷ Size: Cummerbund with 4.7 inch(12cm) width and 30.5-35.62 inch(77cm-90cm)length; Bowtie Size:4.7*2.4inches(12*6cm);Pocket Square: 9.84*9.84inch(25*25cm)
  • ➷ Material:Cummerbund and bowtie, hanky are made from jacquard woven silk with over 1200 stitches.
  • ➷ Match Tips:The cummerbund has a good modification effect for men. Black dress + white shirt + bow tie + cummerbund + leather shoes is classic and will never be out.
  • ➷ Silk cummerbund and bowtie set will be suitable for any formal occcasions. Such as wedding ,cocktail party,concert,ceremony ,etc.A cummerbund set will make your formal dress more elegant and luxurious.

Grooming 

Good grooming conveys to the interviewer that you pay attention to detail and care for yourself. Conversely, if you don’t take the time to take care of your basic hygiene or appropriately dress for an interview, it sends the message that you will not exert any effort as an employee.

A study shows that job prospects with a polished, professional appearance have an advantage over their competitors. You may rapidly achieve a dignified appearance and garner respect by being sanitary and appearing nice and put together. In addition, your grooming habits might reveal a lot about how you conduct yourself and who you are as a person to an interviewer.

Your face should be clean-shaven and washed in the morning before the interview. Get your haircut a week before, and trim the back of your neck and behind your ears the day before. Your nails should be clean and cut, and your breath should be fresh. Go easy on the cologne—it’s not a first date, and some interview rooms are small, so too much cologne may be overpowering.

Closing Tips 

Choosing the perfect dress for an interview might not get you the job – but turning up looking shabby and untidy could hurt your chances of getting the position. Your aim is to look neat and professional and present yourself in the best way possible throughout your interview. Wear clothing that’s appropriate for the interview. The interviewee can then focus on your skills, not your appearance.

When you dress for an interview, ensure it reflects seriousness and professionalism. Keep things basic, wear nothing too loud, and stick to safe, solid, and neutral hues. Appear refined but not arrogant. However, you must maintain your confidence. Above all, learn about the company’s culture and whether or not it has a dress code.

When you’ve decided on your interview clothes, set aside plenty of time to prepare for your chat with the potential employer fully; this might entail studying the firm, creating Winner method stories about your work experience, and preparing interview questions.

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