How To Dress Up For A Job Interview

By Malavikka

Dressing up for a job interview is one of the most important aspects of getting ready because the employer will create their first impression of you going by your looks. Your looks can speak volumes about your personality and you will be judged on that basis as much as you will be tested on your skills for the job.

Since dressing up for an interview is a factor that influences your image as a candidate, you must take good care to wear the right things for a suitable attire. Let us look at some of the pointers that you must consider while selecting your costume.


While in India, a saree can be deemed formal, in Europe, a coat is considered as the formal attire. So, it is important for you to beware of the geographic location to determine what will be appropriate to wear for an appealing look.

Also Read: 10 Things To Do 15 Minutes Before An Interview



Industry Standards

There are certain industry norms or at least a regular or common dress code that most companies follow. For instance, a lawyer must wear the black coat; a doctor, the lab coat and a business man, the formal coat. Check out what is your industry dress code.

Company Dress Code

If you are still unsure of what to wear, it is always better to call up the HR and confirm. You will not be underestimated for your doubt but will be viewed as prudent. So do not hesitate to take this step in case of uncertainty in your mind.

Keep Accesories Minimum

Avoid accessories that make a sound, like anklets, to an interview as they might invite unwanted attention. Chances are that you could be viewed as a disturbance when there's constant noise made from your apparels. Therefore, keep your accessories to the minimum.

Avoid Overdoing Your Make-up

Everyone does want to look good. But adding an extra streak of lipstick or eyeshadow could worsen your look. The same applies for perfume as well. Do not over spray your cologne. Even if it smells good, some people are allergic to artificial scents or might not like your flavour.

You do not want to carry a red signal with an overdose of make-up or perfume, do you? You would definitely not want to put off your recruiter with such a silly mistake.

Also Read: 10 Frequently Asked Interview Questions And How To Answer Them Impressively



Prefer Well Dressed Over Plain Casual

Keeping in mind the overdoing and minimum accessories, don't turn up in a casual attire. You must not overdo, but you certainly need to appear well dressed. So choose the best of your formal outfits, which show your recruiter that you value the occasion and have dressed up with enough care for it.

Wear Clean And Ironed Clothes

Especially when you choose cotton clothes, remember to keep it wrinkle-free to appear neat and professional. Keep the interview dress cleaned way ahead of time and iron it the previous day so that you do not mess it up in the last minute.

A stain or wrinkle on your dress could give the impression that you are not taking enough care to be presentable and this can cause a black mark in your interview. So focus on the cleanliness and presentation aspects.


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