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How to dress for an interview

We all know that interviews can be stressful, but it is not just preparing your answers and finalizing your resume, it’s figuring out what to wear! There are different styles of interviews which require some to wear a blazer and there are also interviews where khakis are appropriate. This issue is synonymous for both men and women, so don’t go thinking that your life is so much easier boys!

Women
Business Professional
• Wear colors based on a neutral color palette (black, navy, cream, charcoal or grey).
• Avoid gaudy accessories. Think simple, sleek and chic.
• All suits and skirts should be tailored to fit close to the body (but not tight). Skirts should hit at the knee or below. And blouses should be conservative, freshly pressed and always tucked in.
• Wear scuff-free heels or flats in a neutral color. If you go for the heels, don’t wear anything higher than 3 or 4 inches.
• Hair and makeup should be groomed, neat, and simple.

Ann Taylor Inc.

Ann Taylor Inc.

Business Casual
• Base colors should be based on a neutral color palette. Accents of colors are appropriate.
• Be careful with accessories. For the most part, stick with simple jewelry; however, if you want to wear bigger accessories, stick with a statement necklace.
• All suits and skirts should be tailored to fit close to the body (but not tight). Skirts should hit at the knee. Blouses can be worn untoucked, but typically only with pants.
• Wear scuff-free heels or flats in a neutral color. If you go for the heels, don’t wear anything higher than 3 or 4 inches.
• Hair and makeup should be groomed, neat, and simple.

Ann Taylor Inc.

Ann Taylor Inc.

Men
Business Professional
• Wear colors based on a neutral color palette (black, navy, charcoal or grey).
• All suits should be fitted, conservative and solid colors. No stripes. Pants and jackets are required.
• Button every button on our suit jacket except the bottom button
• Your tie needs to a solid color in the same color scheme as your suit
• Dress shoes should be black or brown and shined. Your belt and your shoes should be the same color.
• Dress socks should be the same color as your tie.

Men's Warehouse

Mens Wearhouse

Business Casual
• Base colors should be based on a neutral color palette. Accents of colors are appropriate.
• All suits should be tailored to fit
• Wear scuff-free heels or flats in a neutral color. If you go for the heels, don’t wear anything higher than 3 or 4 inches.
• Hair and makeup should be groomed, neat, and simple.

Mens Wearhouse

Mens Wearhouse

What Not to Wear: Women and Men
• No jeans. Even if they are dark wash, they are never appropriate for an interview.
• Never wear sneakers or sandals. No shoes that are white and no shoes that show your toes.
• Although many companies look for creativity in their employees, take out the lip ring, the tongue ring and the nose ring.
• Everyone likes to smell nice, but do not douse yourself with cologne or perfume. Simply just take a shower.

Ann Taylor Inc.

Ann Taylor Inc.

 

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Always dress for the job you want, which is not always the job you are applying for.
Please Note: These rules are the general rule of thumb. There are many positions in which these rules do not apply.

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