Professional Dress: Dos and Don'ts

Tristan Neuendorff


It's interview day. Today's the day you go in for that job you've been pining for for a while. Obviously you'd like to make a good impression, yeah? Well, here are the dos and don'ts of how to dress for a job interview.

What to Wear and How to Look...

When going in for a job interview, you want to give off an air of professionalism. You want the person hiring you to know that you have what it takes to get the job done. Do you think you'll accomplish that by showing up in shorts and a t-shirt looking like you Just woke up? I don't think so.

For starters, while not necessary, a classic suit and tie is a great choice for an interview for obvious reasons. They look nice and are worn by many professionals. If you don't want to wear a suit, some higher-end clothing would be suitable. Think button-up shirts, slacks or khakis, dress shoes, that kind of thing. You also want to make sure your hair is nice and tidy. Guys, you should probably keep facial hair to a minimum as well.

... and What Not to Do

This is fairly self-explanitory. Don't dress like you would for a day out with friends or something of that nature. Your friends may think you look great, but you future boss may think that by showing up in casual clothing you don't really care enough about getting the job, and as such he will believe that you will not perform up to his expectations.