Elisa Garn, director of Recruiting for Prince Perelson, shares how you can dress to impress for your next job interview.
Job Interview Fashion Tips
Where to start:
- Understand the type of dress appropriate in your industry.
- Wear clothes that fit well.
- Check yourself in the mirror before you leave.
- Whatever you wear, be sure the focus is on you and not your clothes.
DO's for Women:
- Simple classic colors work best such as black, gray, white, tan or beige
- Heels are ok but no more than 3 inches - You should be able to walk and sit comfortably
- A well fitted suit is a great way to reflect professionalism and confidence without distracting from conversation
- Jewelry, if worn, should be muted and basic - small pearls or stud earrings do well and/or a simple, thin necklace
- Wear pieces that make you feel confident
- Sleeveless dresses or tops are not recommended without a jacket or sweater, even during the summer
- Nylons are advised if wearing a skirt
DO's for Men:
- Facial hair should be neatly trimmed or clean shaven
- Suit should be neatly pressed and tailored to fit
- Tie should be understated and neutral - You don`t want to be remembered as 'the guy with the bright orange tie'
- Dress shoes should be polished/clean
- Choose your socks wisely - Although you might not see them while walking, they usually do show when sitting and can be a big distraction. As a rule of thumb, match your socks to the color of your belt
- Wear a dress shirt under the suit jacket that coordinates well, so you can remove the jacket during the interview if needed to stay comfortable
- Revealing clothing that shows too much
- Large/statement jewelry pieces, especially if they make noise when you walk or move
- Excessively long fingernails, ungroomed/trimmed finger/toenails
- Loud prints or bright colors
- Too much or bright colored make-up
- Clothing with holes or stains (even if they are supposed to be there)
- Shorts are never appropriate for an interview. Capris are also not advised, even for smart casual environments
- Leggings or other skin tight items are too casual for an interview
- Transparent, bulky or mismatched clothing
- It's strongly recommended to cover tattoos and piercings during an interview