Clothing for Interviews
Different jobs require different styles of dress. However, there
is basically one universal code of dress for a job interview. That
is to dress conservatively. Traditional styles are most important
for a job interview, regardless of the type of job that you are
applying for. Following are some "dos and donts"
for selecting the right type of interview outfit.
Formal Professional Wear: Do wear a simple tailored skirt,
matching jacket and blouse. This is always the best choice. A tailored
dress is acceptable if it is worn with a jacket, but it is still
the second choice to a good suit.
Examples of Jobs
- Bank teller
- Computer operator
- Counselor officer
- Retail sales person
Informal Professional Wear: In jobs that are not so formal,
like factory or maintenance work, plan to dress a few notches above
the clothing you might normally wear on that job. A skirt, slacks
and a blouse or a dress are the best choice.
Examples of Jobs
- Bus driver
- Childcare provider
- Fast food server
- Nursing aid
Dos and Donts for Interview Dress
- Do wear a skirt or dress whenever possible. Pants are not the
best choice for a job interview, even in a casual working environment.
If pants are worn, they should be slacks that have a crease. Never
wear stretch, form fitting or denim pants.
- Dont wear jeans, denim outfits, tank tops, shorts or
other very casual clothing.
- Dont wear it if you are in doubt about wearing it.
- Dont wear anything too short, too tight or too sexy. If
your clothing or lack of clothing distracts a business associate,
they may have trouble taking you seriously. Skirt length should
be no more
than two inches above the knee.
- Dont wear your skirt too short. Even if short is fashionable,
you dont want to draw attention to your thighs. Keep your
skirt length at or below your knee. Sometimes opaque hose can
mask a too short skirt.
Interview Tip: Avoid crossing your legs, especially if you are
wearing a short skirt.
- Dont show too much skin. This means cleavage as well as
arms. So this means staying away from low-cut and sleeveless tops
and also sheer fabrics.
- Do wear traditional daytime fabrics. Dont wear satin,
velvet, glittery or leather fabrics.
- Dont wear iridescent or neon colors.
- Do wear pleasant colors women have a wide choice in beautiful
colors. Most are acceptable on interviews.
The best color choices for an interview outfit:
Grey or navy An excellent color especially for conservative
Blue A favored color especially if being interviewed by a
Black Can be perceived as being "too strong" for
an interview. If black is worn, soften the color by using white
or pastel accents.
White, cream, light grey or blue Good neutral colors for
blouse or shirt.
Yellow Gives impression of a productive and creative person.
Red A powerful color for small accents such as a scarf.
Orange A good accent color encourages conversation.