Dress for Success: How to Dress for a Job Interview


The common and often over used cliche is “You never have another chance to make a 1st impression”. There is a reason why…it’s absolutely TRUE. So much of what us humans know, feel, and believe is based off of what we see and our gut instincts. “Perception is Reality” and it pays to make a noteworthy impression on a potential employer. So make your next

job interview no different. Treat it as if it were your window of opportunity to dress the best you have in your life. I have also heard dress for the position you “want” and not for the one you have. Very True! Follow these simple guidelines and put your best cards out on the table in front of you.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to “Wow’ing” at your next job interview:

Men’s Interview Attire

* Suit (solid color – navy or dark grey)
* Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
* Belt
* Tie
* Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
* Little or no jewelry
* Neat, professional hairstyle
* Limit the aftershave
* Neatly trimmed nails
* Portfolio or briefcase

Women’s Interview Attire

* Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
* The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
* Coordinated blouse
* Conservative shoes
* Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
* No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry
* Professional hairstyle
* Neutral pantyhose
* Light make-up and perfume
* Neatly manicured clean nails
* Portfolio or briefcase

What Not to Bring to the Interview

* Gum
* Cell phone
* Ipod
* Coffee or soda
* If you have lots of piercings, leave some of your rings at home (earrings only, is a good rule)
* Cover tattoos

Interview Attire Tips

* Before you even think about going on an interview, make sure you have appropriate interview attire and everything fits correctly.
* Get your clothes ready the night before, so you don’t have to spend time getting them ready on the day of the interview.
* If your clothes are dry clean only, take them to the cleaners after an interview, so they are ready for next time.
* Polish your shoes.
* Bring a breath mint and use it before you enter the building.


  1. Cover your tattoo’s?!?!?! Aw…

    My last job interview was good, got the job. In the interview I told them that I hate dressing like a monkey.

    They agreed and said I wouldn’t have to. The next day, I got an offer.

    I take a little ‘I don’t give a shit’ with me and it seems to work out well. Life is truly Office Space sometimes.