Interview Tips: What to wear to an interview (Interview Dress)

Interview Tips. Interview Dress.  It goes without saying that you want to present yourself in the best possible light on the day of your interview.  See our tips for what to wear to an interview. 

Apr 11, 2011 10:10 IST
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What to wear for an Interview (Interview Dress Code)


First impressions last a lifetime.  Research shows that interviewers make up their mind about a candidate quickly (less than 20 seconds or so).   So you want to make the best impression that you can when you enter the interview room.

Generally the type of dress will depend on the company that you are interviewing for.  Once you have done your research on the company – you will have a better idea of the type of wardrobe that would be acceptable - whether the Interview dress should be casual or formal.  When unsure it is better to err on the side of formal and conservative.   Also do not assume that that it you should wear what the current employees wear to work everyday.  Interview attire is generally more formal than everyday office-wear.

Fairly Safe Bets for what to wear to an Interview (Interview Dress Code)

Men:    Blazer, Formal Shirt and Slacks (no jeans)
Women:    Formal Shirt and Pants

In certain type of industries, your type of dress also conveys a lot about you.  For example:

Media, Fashion & Advertising Interviews
:   Designer, Smart Casual, Trendy, Colourful

Banking Interviews:  Suit, Tie, Formal Shoes

Technology Interviews:   Smart Casual (No JEANS)

Civil  Servant Interviews:  Smart Shirt and Trousers (No jeans and T-Shirts), Smart Belt, Formal Shoes

MBA Interview:  Suit & Tie, Blazer & Tie, Formal Shoes

Accounting:  Suit & Tie, Blazer & Tie, Formal Shoes

For Women Traditional Wear is also accetable for Interviews Dress in many sectors

If you are not comfortable in western wear, you can always opt for traditional wear.  Keep the print simple and focus more on the cut.   A sari or suit is perfectly acceptable as long as it looks professional and not like party wear. 

Make sure you do you research on the company, as to whether traditional wear is an acceptable part of the dress code.


Be Comfortable in what you wear at the Interview

Whatever you wear, you need to look comfortable.  Make sure that everything fits well and does not look sloppy.   Your clothes should be clean and well ironed.  Your shoes should be polished.  Also make sure that your clothes are not too big or too tight.   Ensure that there are no loose buttons and stains on your clothes.

What not to wear in an Interview

Do not wear too much jewelry, perfume or accessories.  Keep it simple as possible.  For example, bangles can be very distracting.

Do not wear sneakers, chappals, noisy shoes or overly high heels.  

Do not wear too expensive accessories or jewelry.




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