Does it really make a difference how you dress for interviews? In a conservative business climate, appearances matter. Not all companies are conservative, you might argue, and some have casual dress policies for everyday. Nevertheless, it is imperative to be dressed in business attire for an interview, regardless of the dress code for the organization.
If you are in doubt about how to dress, err on the side of conservatism using these guidelines for business attire:
|Solid-color, conservative suit||Conservative suit|
|Coordinated blouse||White, long-sleeved shirt|
|Moderate-heeled shoes||Polished dress shoes|
|Minimal jewelry||Dark socks|
|Neat hairstyle||Conservative tie|
|Light hosiery||Minimal jewelry|
|Light makeup and no perfume||Neat, professional hairstyle|
|Manicured nails||Light or no aftershave|
|Portfolio or briefcase, pad, pen||Neat, trimmed nails|
|Portfolio or briefcase, pad, pen|
Make sure that you try on your outfit before the day of the interview. Check for poor fit, rips, and smudges that detract from your overall appearance. If your suit is too tight or too loose, don't wear it. Remember, it is better to be overdressed than underdressed for an interview.