Lesson 6: Preparing For a Job Interview Involves Picking Out the Proper Interview Attire

Preparing for a job interview involves picking out the proper interview attire. The best interview attire depends somewhat on the type of job. Of course, the interview outfit for an actor would be different than that for a mechanical engineer.

As a general rule of thumb, your interview attire should be conservative. You do not want your appearance or clothes to stand out. You want to look and smell clean, fresh and professional. You want to be remembered by your interviewer for who you are, not for what you wear.

Your potential employers knows that the way you look on interview day, will probably be the most professional you will appear at any time. They need to be able to look at you and have confidence that they would be proud for you to represent their company.

Conservative Male Interview Attire

Nicely-pressed suit (preferably black, navy blue or gray)

Solid white or light blue shirt

Sophisticated tie

Clean, polished dark-colored shoes

Dark-colored mid-calf socks

Bring with you an extra tie and some scotch tape (if a hem becomes undone). Make sure that you smell fresh (shower and deodorant), have clean, short nails and do not wear any cologne.

Conservative Female Interview Attire

There is a more leeway on what interview clothes women can wear. In preparing for a job interview outfit, pick either a pants suit or a skirted suit. If you wear a skirt, it should be at least up to the knee and worn with pantyhose. For heavy set female interviewees, it is sometimes better to wear to a one-piece dress instead.

Try on different outfits and ask your friends for their opinions as to what looks most professional on you. Make sure not to wear something that is too revealing or too tight. A small to moderate amount of makeup and/or jewelry can nicely accent your outfit.

Ideally, you should wear dress shoes with closed toes-- flats or heels of around 3" or less. Your shoes should be clean and sharp-looking, to complement your outfit.

You can wear your hair in a simple but sophisticated style. Make sure that your nails are clean and you smell fresh (shower and deodorant) but no perfume. Bring with you an extra pair of panty hose, a roll of tape (in case a hem becomes undone) and safety pins just in case you need it.

Important Advice In Preparing For a Job Interview Outfit

(1) Make sure that you like your interview outfit. If you don’t like it, don’t wear it. If you associate a particular set of interview attire with a negative experience, then don’t wear that outfit. You must feel confident in your interview clothes to perform your best during your job interviews.

(2) Wear interview clothes that are comfortable. It is a given that your interview attire will not be as comfortable as wearing jeans and a tee shirt. However, make sure that you do feel fairly comfortable in your interview clothes and that your shoes fit properly. Job interviews can be long and exhausting enough. You don’t want to be squirming because your clothes or shoes are bothering you.

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How To Job Interview: A Tutorial

Lesson 1: Develop the Right Job Interview Mindset
Lesson 2: Role Play As Your Interviewer
Lesson 3: Do Your Job Research Homework!
Lesson 4: Practice Job Interview Questions
Lesson 5: The Toughest Interview Question and Answer
Lesson 6: The Proper Job Interview Attire
Lesson 7: How To End the Interview
Lesson 8: Interview Tips For Interview Day
Lesson 9: The Thank You For the Interview Note