How to dress for an interview is a subjective
process. As for anything subjective, "good
judgment" is important. There is a lot of
information on the Web suggesting what to wear
for interviews, going from general guidelines to
comments regarding specific items of clothing.
Consider the advice that is being given, but
decide for yourself. We are all unique and
whether we like it or not, what we wear should
reflect the person that we are if we want to
remain true to ourselves. It is all about
displaying an image that we feel comfortable
Notwithstanding the above, first impressions do
matter. Before the interviewer even gets a
chance to talk to you, he will see you. You
want to look presentable, professional, and
Looking professional is important, especially
for jobs that require client interaction.
Looking professional not only affects the person
who sees you, but also impacts the way you feel
about yourself. "Self-esteem" is key to being
confident and "looks" do matter.
Key considerations to keep in mind:
Dress according to the organization, although
you should always err on the side of caution
(being overly formal is usually better than the
reverse and dressing conservatively is usually
better than trying to make a fashion statement).
Wear comfortable clothes so you can focus on
your conversation with the interviewer, instead
of trying to put yourself at ease. The key idea
is for you to be able to forget about what you
are wearing once the interview starts and focus
solely on answering questions correctly.
Avoid too many accessories and try to have a
clean look. You don't want to look clumsy or
lose things because you are distracted. Yes,
Interview Day can be stressful!
Pay attention to the weather. On a rainy day,
you don't want to arrive at the interview all
wet. On a snowy day, you don't want your pants
to have stains from dirty snow. In that regard,
weather might dictate how you decide to go to
the interview. Taking a taxi and avoiding
public transportation might be worth it.
Remember, you want to look professional; yet, you
want the interviewer to remember you based on the
substance of your answers. Your attire should only
play a "supporting role."