Confused about the dress code for Job Interview? Here’s what you should do

dress for interview

Struggling to decide on your dress code for your interview? What you wear is critically important as is creates an Image and perception of yours before you say a single word.  There is an old age proverb: “You never get a second chance to make the first impression”.  If you want to know more about what Interview tips, please check the link: 10 Best Interview Tips for Job Seekers

The substance of your Interview, the subject knowledge the affability is, of course, the key in your selection. But arguably, your appearance and how you present yourself reflects your level of professionalism and your seriousness for the job interview and plays a vital role in dictating the final outcome.

It’s very important that you understand the company and its work culture before deciding on the dress code. There are few companies who prefer business suits as their regular attire especially the Law Firms and Finance industry firms. On the other hand, there are companies mostly start-ups who believe in quite a casual approach in dressing.

Let’s decode the dressing first

Many a time I have encountered people who are really confused about the difference between business professional wear and business casual wear. Let me help you out with the difference.

Business Professional:  In the business professional atmosphere,  Suits are the norms and are used as regular attire. Women have an option to go for skirts and pant with heels and Man may wear suits, tie, suit jacket, Blazer.

Business Casuals:   Under business casuals, the man might want to opt for a polo shirt, chinos, pants, dress shoes while women might want to opt for conservative dressing, pants, shoes etc. But it should be smart casuals.

Here what you should do while deciding on your dressing applicable for both the sexes.

1.Learn about the company culture

It’s always better to learn about the company culture and the outfit they prefer. For example, start-ups are known for their relaxed environment. Wearing a dress in a very conservative style might not make your entrance very impressive. Or being too simple with a traditional suit and no accessories while going for an Interview in a creative agency or a design company will again not be a good choice. You must flaunt professional appearance with style while going for the Interview there. You can get some idea about this from Glassdoor or Facebook.

In order to understand more about things you should avoid during Interview, you can check the link below: 20 “NOT TO DO” things in Interview.

2.Present yourself neatly

All the dressing efforts will go in vain if your attire is dirty or not ironed.  Select clothing that fit properly as it will help you feel confident and relaxed. Good grooming and hygiene are very important to take care of. So ensure you are having clean hair, fingernails, fresh breath etc.


Having a right pair of accessories can actually value add to your outfit. But, It should be smart enough. Like, instead of having a backpack, you can actually go for a briefcase or a satchel.  Your shoes should be clean and polished.


According to few surveys,  the most approved colors for Interview are Blue, Black, Grey, and Brown.  They are also safe to wear as they are likely to go with any accessory.


If you are wearing tailored business outfit Monday to Thursday, Friday isn’t the day to show as if you have just rolled out of your bed.  Consistency is very important in dressing as well. You should opt for smart business casuals on the last working day.

Some more pointers to be noted while dressing is:

For Women

  1. You have a choice of Trousers and Skirts. A tailored trouser with long sleeve shirts or top is always safe to wear. The hemline of the skirt should not be one biro length above the knees. You can opt for Black Navy, Brown, Grey.
  2. Avoid patterns, though you can add the splash of color with the scarf.
  3. Heels should be sensible. Neither too high nor too less.
  4. Have light jewelry and light makeup. Too much of makeup, fragrance, and jewelry creates a distraction.
  5. Avoid edgy looks. Especially baring of cleavage, skin, tattoos as it might go against during your interview.
  6. Keep your jeans for the days once you join the company. It should not be your choice if you are going for Interview.

For Men

  1. Suits in navy, black, Grey, and Brown are all time in and in trend. If it is your first interview, nothing can be a better choice than a white shirt. A suit is a non-verbal way of communicating your employer that are taking the interview process very seriously and you want the position.
  2. Go for cotton and not linen as Linen’s crease gets spilled very easily. The shirt should be as crisp and clean as possible.
  3. The tie is extremely important. An overall, neat Pattern, small dots, all goes well. If you are confused about the pattern you should wear, you can go for a plain tie. Avoid too bright a color, a bow tie or a pocket square.  Do wear watch but not a sporty looking one.
  4. Shoes should be of leather and should be brown or black in color. Black with a black, gray or blue suit. Brown with a brown or blue suit. Avoid mixing the same.
  5. Do not make a mistake of showing up at work or interview unshaven or unpolished shoes.
  6. Avoid wearing hard smelling perfume or cologne.

Finally, after all the research done on company and attire, if you are still confused about what to wear for the interview, it’s advisable to ask the HR in the preliminary discussion about the dress code of the Interview.  You will get an idea of the same, but still, it’s advisable that you should prefer a formal attire rather than a casual one. Other than these, let your knowledge, your talent speak up during the interview. If you want to check on what all questions you want to ask during Interview, please check the link mentioned: 14 Questions you should ask from your Interviewer


  1. I’m impressed, I must say. Seldom do I encounter a blog that’s
    both educative and engaging, and let me tell you, you have
    hit the nail on the head. The problem is something which
    too few folks are speaking intelligently about.
    I’m very happy I came across this during my search for something regarding this.

Comments are closed.