What to Wear to a Job Interview

You’ve prepared yourself for a job interview more aggressively than Presidential candidates practice for televised debates. You have a fresh copy of your resume, a sharpened pencil and a brand new legal pad. The final decision is what to wear to that important job interview.

Todd Fabricant, President of Todd Mitchell Associates, a global executive search firm focused on the property & casualty insurance industry advises, “Even though many offices follow a casual dress code — slacks, sport shirts and sport coats — the first rule of thumb is to wear a suit to all interviews.”

The interviewee should dress conservatively — either a navy or charcoal suit. Donald O’Connor, Director of Made to Measure Services at the Woodbury Mens Shop says, “An ill-fitting suit is just as bad as an ugly suit, so make sure your suit is pressed and altered well in advance of that special day.”

Once you have an acceptable foundation, give yourself some leeway to express yourself. Your choice of shoes (freshly polished), dress shirt (solid or striped) and tie (subtle but attractive) should make you stand out without appearing showy.

Take a look at the prospective company’s website to see what the management staff is wearing in their head shots as well as their LinkedIn profiles. Strive to mirror how they dress (while still being true to yourself). Dress for the job you want, not the job you already have.

“No hiring manager wants to regret bringing in someone who doesn’t fit with the workplace culture — and that includes how one dresses.” Todd explains.

The most conservative look with a dark blue suit and dark striped tie.

The most conservative look with a dark blue suit and dark striped tie.

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The plaid works well with the striped and subtly patterned ties, but be careful of stepping outside the box too much.

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The pink stripes may be a little to bold, but it all depends on what type of job you are interviewing for.