Job hunting is a
business. You need to look the part. Of course, what you wear depends on the
type of work you will do. If you don't have clothes that would be appropriate
for an interview, now is the time to think about it — not the night before you
meet a prospective employer.
How to Know What to Wear
Do a little
research to know how to dress for the type of job you want.
- Visit the company and observe what
other people are wearing, then dress one step more formally.
- Ask the human resources department
(not the hiring manager!) what would be appropriate.
- For office
jobs, wear a dark suit (with a skirt if you're a woman).
What to Bring
When you go to
an interview, you can bring:
- a neat and clean briefcase or
- an umbrella
or coat depending on the weather.
another person! If someone accompanies you, he or she should wait out of the
you are well-dressed for an interview, the employer knows that you really
do want the job. You also show that you respect yourself and the
wear discreet, sparing makeup;
wear conservative and small jewelry items (if
avoid low-necked blouses or short skirts;
wear skin-toned hosiery — not white or shiny;
carry a clean, not-overstuffed handbag
checklist for proper interview grooming:
- Clean and simply styled hair
- Clean, neat clothes without patches,
tears, stains, missing buttons or wrinkles.
- Clean teeth and fresh breath
- Clean and trimmed fingernails —
neither chipped nor brightly polished nor extra long nails
- Comfortably fitting clothes — not too
tight nor too loose
- Conservative and small jewelry items
- Subtle (or no) perfume or cologne
- Clean and polished dress shoes
- No hats
- No clothes with words on them
- No tattoos
and / or body piercings visible
- be clean
shaven or at least neatly trimmed;
- wear a
- wear a
white or blue button-down long-sleeved shirt;
- wear no
jewelry except a wedding or class ring.