What to Wear to a Job Interview

What to Wear to a Job Interview

Possibly even more stressful than the questions you are going to have to answer, you are 

going to have to find the perfect outfit to wear to a job interview. You want to look 

professional and like you are going to fit in with the company. A good rule of thumb for 

men are that you can’t overdress for the interview – shirt and tie or a suit is always a safe 

choice. For women, picking the clothes is more challenging.

For both men and women, pick an outfit that you feel comfortable in and that fits you 

properly. You don’t want pants that are too tight or a shirt that is too snug across the 

chest. It will be a distraction for both you and your interviewer. Along the same vein, 

pick colors that suit you but aren’t too bright or overly bold patterns. You want 

the focus to be on your answers, not what you are wearing.

Remember too that your overall appearance is going to be judged, and this includes more 

then the clothes, you are wearing. Hygiene and grooming: be clean, neat, and tidy. It is 

probably best not to wear a strong scent – chances are you will be in a small room and it 

could make others uncomfortable. Your fingernails should be short and clean, your hair 

clean and tidy, and have mints with you or brush your teeth immediately before leaving 

for the interview.


You may wonder what all of these details have to do with your qualifications and getting 

the job. It has to do a lot with it, especially if you are going to be dealing with the 

company’s customers face-to-face. The company will want to hire employees who are 

going to represent the company in the best possible light.

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