WHAT TO WEAR: INTERVIEW ATTIRE WHAT TO WEAR: INTERVIEW ATTIRE

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Congratulations! You have landed an interview! Now, you need to prepare.

 

One of the most important components to prepare for an interview is the attire. What you wear creates a first impression on the interviewer and will determine the physical image that they have of you throughout the hiring process. For this reason, you should carefully choose your outfit to reflect the company you are interviewing with, the job you have applied for, and your personality.

 

The Main Ensemble

Selecting the main pieces of your ensemble is the most important part of determining your outfit. For interview attire, there are two routes that you can take. The first is traditional business attire and the second is business casual. Traditional business wear is viewed as more formal, whereas business casual attire is a more relaxed, yet still well-tailored look.

 

You can determine the look that you should wear by researching the company you are interviewing with to understand their company environment. If the company is more modern and relaxed, choose a business casual look. However, if the company you are interviewing with seems larger and more conservative, you should choose traditional business attire.

 

Understanding the position you have applied to and are interviewing for can also help to determine the attire you wear as well. For an entry level job or internship, business casual attire is a good choice. Additionally, it is also suitable to wear business casual attire when interviewing for a creative position, because it can showcase your creativity. If the job you have applied for is mid-level or executive, it would be in your best interest to choose traditional business attire.

 

Once you have determined the type of attire you should wear, you must determine what pieces you need.

 

Traditional Business Attire

If for your upcoming interview you should wear traditional business attire, then you are going to need to acquire a suit. A traditional two-piece suit that you would wear for an interview is comprised of tailored pants, and a matching, tailored jacket.

 

There are different variations of the traditional suit. In today's world, you do not have to stick with a traditional black or pinstripe suit when attending an interview. Selecting a navy blue, gray, or even tan suit is also acceptable in an interview setting. In fact, depending on the environment of the company you are interviewing with, choosing one of these colors may help you stand out as an individual among the other candidates.

 

Along with a traditional two-piece suit, traditional business attire for an interview should also include a well-tailored, ironed shirt. The shirt you pair with a traditional suit should be a neutral, solid color. This will keep the outfit from appearing too busy and will be more appealing to the majority of interviewers. To complement your shirt and to pull your outfit together, you should choose a tie that coordinates with your suit and shirt.

 

It is important for your interview that the suit you have chosen to wear fits you well. To guarantee that you are not pulling on your jacket sleeves or adjusting your pants during the interview make sure you have the correct measurements for your pants and jacket. If your exact measurements are not available for purchase, you can always choose to have it tailored at after purchasing.

 

Business Casual Attire

Business casual attire has become commonplace in many workplaces. If you feel that business casual is the best way to dress for your upcoming interview, it means that you have a little more freedom in choosing what you would like to wear, but also a few more decisions to make.

 

When you choose to wear business casual attire for an interview, a jacket is not required, nor does it need to be an exact match, but it is still recommended. Instead, you can choose a jacket that coordinates well with your pants but allows you to express your personal style. Although they do not have to match, the pants and jacket should still be well fitted. Do not choose to wear a relaxed fit of pant with a slim-fit jacket. Make sure that the two pieces flow together.

 

There are also rules to follow regarding color choices. Business casual attire for an interview should be comprised of neutrals such as black, navy, gray, or brown for your pants and jacket. However, unlike traditional business attire, you have more freedom to choose a pattern or bold color for the shirt and complimentary accessories.

 

If you are interviewing for an entry-level position, or the work environment is very casual, you can choose to forego the jacket component of the ensemble. If this is the case, you should still wear a collared shirt and ideally a coordinating tie to pull the outfit together.

 

Shoes

A component of the interview outfit that you cannot forget is the shoes. While you may think that the shoes are the last piece of the ensemble that you should think about, they are very important in bringing your look together.

 

Shoes for an interview should always be well-kept and clean. You do not want to make the mistake of wearing dirty, scratched, or broken shoes to a job interview.

 

The most reliable style of shoe to wear for an interview is an oxford. This style ties with laces is traditionally leather and has a sleek design. Oxfords can be found in a variety of colors and toe shapes such as square, rounded or pointed. You should choose the toe style that is most comfortable for you and the color that coordinates the best with your outfit.

 

Accessories

Choosing the right accessories for your interview ensemble can help you express your creativity and personality. Some accessory pieces that you can individualize are ties and socks.

 

Ties

Ties come in a variety of colors, styles, and prints and can be used to pull the whole look of an outfit together. You can express individuality by choosing a brightly colored tie, a unique pattern, or a novelty tie. Choosing a unique tie would be best if you are wearing a business casual ensemble, as to not be too distracting or unappealing to interviewers.

 

Socks

Socks are a great way to personalize your outfit whether you are wearing traditional business attire or business casual. Because socks are not seen at all times, they can be a subtle way to hint at your individual style. Additionally, when seen they make great conversation pieces.

 

If you are able to put together a great outfit that showcases your confidence and personality, you will be on the way to a great interview! Good luck!

 

Congratulations! You have landed an interview! Now, you need to prepare.

 

One of the most important components to prepare for an interview is the attire. What you wear creates a first impression on the interviewer and will determine the physical image that they have of you throughout the hiring process. For this reason, you should carefully choose your outfit to reflect the company you are interviewing with, the job you have applied for, and your personality.

 

The Main Ensemble

Selecting the main pieces of your ensemble is the most important part of determining your outfit. For interview attire, there are two routes that you can take. The first is traditional business attire and the second is business casual. Traditional business wear is viewed as more formal, whereas business casual attire is a more relaxed, yet still well-tailored look.

 

You can determine the look that you should wear by researching the company you are interviewing with to understand their company environment. If the company is more modern and relaxed, choose a business casual look. However, if the company you are interviewing with seems larger and more conservative, you should choose traditional business attire.

 

Understanding the position you have applied to and are interviewing for can also help to determine the attire you wear as well. For an entry level job or internship, business casual attire is a good choice. Additionally, it is also suitable to wear business casual attire when interviewing for a creative position, because it can showcase your creativity. If the job you have applied for is mid-level or executive, it would be in your best interest to choose traditional business attire.

 

Once you have determined the type of attire you should wear, you must determine what pieces you need.

 

Traditional Business Attire

If for your upcoming interview you should wear traditional business attire, then you are going to need to acquire a suit. A traditional two-piece suit that you would wear for an interview is comprised of tailored pants, and a matching, tailored jacket.

 

There are different variations of the traditional suit. In today's world, you do not have to stick with a traditional black or pinstripe suit when attending an interview. Selecting a navy blue, gray, or even tan suit is also acceptable in an interview setting. In fact, depending on the environment of the company you are interviewing with, choosing one of these colors may help you stand out as an individual among the other candidates.

 

Along with a traditional two-piece suit, traditional business attire for an interview should also include a well-tailored, ironed shirt. The shirt you pair with a traditional suit should be a neutral, solid color. This will keep the outfit from appearing too busy and will be more appealing to the majority of interviewers. To complement your shirt and to pull your outfit together, you should choose a tie that coordinates with your suit and shirt.

 

It is important for your interview that the suit you have chosen to wear fits you well. To guarantee that you are not pulling on your jacket sleeves or adjusting your pants during the interview make sure you have the correct measurements for your pants and jacket. If your exact measurements are not available for purchase, you can always choose to have it tailored at after purchasing.

 

Business Casual Attire

Business casual attire has become commonplace in many workplaces. If you feel that business casual is the best way to dress for your upcoming interview, it means that you have a little more freedom in choosing what you would like to wear, but also a few more decisions to make.

 

When you choose to wear business casual attire for an interview, a jacket is not required, nor does it need to be an exact match, but it is still recommended. Instead, you can choose a jacket that coordinates well with your pants but allows you to express your personal style. Although they do not have to match, the pants and jacket should still be well fitted. Do not choose to wear a relaxed fit of pant with a slim-fit jacket. Make sure that the two pieces flow together.

 

There are also rules to follow regarding color choices. Business casual attire for an interview should be comprised of neutrals such as black, navy, gray, or brown for your pants and jacket. However, unlike traditional business attire, you have more freedom to choose a pattern or bold color for the shirt and complimentary accessories.

 

If you are interviewing for an entry-level position, or the work environment is very casual, you can choose to forego the jacket component of the ensemble. If this is the case, you should still wear a collared shirt and ideally a coordinating tie to pull the outfit together.

 

Shoes

A component of the interview outfit that you cannot forget is the shoes. While you may think that the shoes are the last piece of the ensemble that you should think about, they are very important in bringing your look together.

 

Shoes for an interview should always be well-kept and clean. You do not want to make the mistake of wearing dirty, scratched, or broken shoes to a job interview.

 

The most reliable style of shoe to wear for an interview is an oxford. This style ties with laces is traditionally leather and has a sleek design. Oxfords can be found in a variety of colors and toe shapes such as square, rounded or pointed. You should choose the toe style that is most comfortable for you and the color that coordinates the best with your outfit.

 

Accessories

Choosing the right accessories for your interview ensemble can help you express your creativity and personality. Some accessory pieces that you can individualize are ties and socks.

 

Ties

Ties come in a variety of colors, styles, and prints and can be used to pull the whole look of an outfit together. You can express individuality by choosing a brightly colored tie, a unique pattern, or a novelty tie. Choosing a unique tie would be best if you are wearing a business casual ensemble, as to not be too distracting or unappealing to interviewers.

 

Socks

Socks are a great way to personalize your outfit whether you are wearing traditional business attire or business casual. Because socks are not seen at all times, they can be a subtle way to hint at your individual style. Additionally, when seen they make great conversation pieces.

 

If you are able to put together a great outfit that showcases your confidence and personality, you will be on the way to a great interview! Good luck!