Choose a suit. When you’re unsure, a suit is always a good bet. Whether the suit has a skirt or pants is up to you. However, more conservative companies may prefer a skirt
- Pick a suit that fits you well and isn’t too flashy. Stick to darker colors.
- High-end brands will get you noticed, but they aren’t strictly necessary. Buy the best quality you can afford, and try supplementing with a name-brand briefcase, handbag, or scarf if you can.
- For skirt length, knee-length is usually the most appropriate. If you wear something longer, it shouldn’t puff or flow.
Keep your shirt simple. Stick to neutral colors, such as white, beige, gray, or black. A button-down shirt or blouse is generally best.
- However, you can also wear a shell or a knit top underneath a suit, as long as it is well-made and professional-looking.
Pick something classy if you don’t wear a suit. If the place you’re applying to is more casual, you may get away without wearing a suit. However, you should still wear something classy and sophisticated. For instance, a dark sweater and tailored pants is a good pairing.
- Nonetheless, if you wear a shirt, make sure it is button-down with a collar.
- You should still stick with dark colors and high quality materials. You don’t have to purchase a high-end brand, but you should try to purchase material of quality that will last. Shy away from anything too flashy, including loud patterns.
Wear hosiery if you’re unsure. Some places will expect you to wear hose no matter what the weather. Other places won’t care as much. If you’re not sure about your company, it’s best to err on the side of caution and wear the hose.
Skip the jeans. Even if the company is casual, you shouldn’t wear jeans to an interview. Dressing up shows you are serious about the job, and you want to show you are a professional, even if you dress more casually in your day-to-day job.
Clean and iron your outfit. Before you go in, you need to make sure your outfit is clean and free of wrinkles. Check on it a week before the interview to see if you need to take it to the cleaners.
Pick a conservative shoe. A mid-heel pump is a classic choice. Don’t pick something you can’t walk in. If you don’t like heels, stick to something low and basic.
- Also, don’t forget to take your industry in consideration when picking the shoe. In the fashion industry, you may want to choose a glamorous high heel, while as a teacher, a basic flat is probably fine.
Don’t wear too much jewelry. Keep it simple. For instance, a small necklace and a pair of smallish earrings. In addition, don’t wear too many rings.
- You also want to skip other piercings besides a regular pair of earrings. Most companies frown upon other types of piercings.
Don’t go overboard on makeup. Like your jewelry, you want to keep your makeup simple. Go for a more natural look, and don’t go overboard on designs or colors.
- Pick a natural, neutral concealer to hide flaws, followed by a neutral powder to help take care of shininess. Use blush that goes with your complexion; usually warm pink or peach is a good choice.
- For your eyes, a light brown or one slightly darker than your skin tone can add dimension without looking like you’re wearing eye shadow. You can use eye liner, but try light gray and just lightly dot it on your upper eyelid.
- Finally, choose a lipstick or lip tint that is basically the same color as your lips.
- Keep all of it light. Basically, you want to look like you’re not actually wearing makeup, but you want to even out your skin tone and add a bit of color.
Carry a briefcase. If you have important papers to carry, don’t forget to add a professional-looking briefcase. Use a dark color, and try to pick one that’s more modern. Leather is always a nice choice.