What to wear for a job interview

More than fifty percent of another person's perception of you is based on how you look and therefore your appearance is crucial to making a good impression. Pay particular attention to your shoes. Managers, especially those who have been in the military, can determine a lot by looking at your shoes.

What to wear for a job interview has to be researched by doing a good job interview preparation. These tips can guide you but are not applicable in all situations.

General tips on what to wear for a job interview for both man and women:

  • Be conservative. Conservative is best for the interview regardless of the dress code at the organization.
  • If you're unsure, call them and ask! Do not ask the HR manager. Asking the receptionist or an HR assistant is easier. If you are still unsure, go for a conservative look.
  • Well-groomed hair style.
  • Clean, trimmed finger nails.
  • Minimal cologne or perfume.
  • No visible body piercing.
  • No gum, candy or cigarettes.
  • Wear one ring and limited jewellery.

What men should wear for a job interview:

  • Conservative suit - two piece suit & tie, conservative & solid color.
  • Long sleeve shirt.
  • Avoid bow ties. Wear a conservative tie.
  • Dark shoes & dark socks.
  • Avoid beards & mustaches. (if you cannot help the moustache, make sure it is well trimmed).
  • Get a hair cut. A short and conservative style is best.
  • Do not wear any earrings.

What women should wear for a job interview:

  • Avoid dresses.
  • Shoes should have conservative heels.
  • Use a briefcase rather than a purse.
  • Conservative nail polish.
  • Minimal use of make up.
  • Limit jewellery to one wedding ring and one set of earrings.