Top 10 tips for how to dress for job interview success

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After you have finished years of schooling and completed your University level degrees, the next challenges to face are curriculum vitae, job applications, and interviews. Presenting yourself in a professional fashion is just as important as all of the credentials you are qualified for. Personal presentation is important because after all first appearances last a lifetime. In fact, your dress code is going to be the first thing your potential new employer will notice. The way you dress is not just a good representation of yourself for an interview, but should be a representation to all of the people you surround yourself with on a daily basis. If you're a fashionista personality or enjoy to get ready for important events, then you probably don't have a problem at all. But for those that aren't fashion savvy there are certain things that are needed when it comes to dressing for success.

Following the dress-up tips listed below can help guide you towards increasing your chances of a successful job interview.

10. Selection of an outfit

Choosing a dress or suit the night before an interview will relieve most of your stress and anxiety of an interview and save you quite a bit of time in the early hours of the morning. Having that perfect outfit ready in the morning is essential because the morning of an interview you will normally need to prep yourself with possible interview questions and not have to worry about what to wear.

9. Ironing

The way you dress yourself for work every morning, tells a great deal about the attitude you are having towards your job goals. If you're wearing a creased and crumpled outfit, then you are subconsciously sending a message, in which you don't care about your appearance. An employer usually looks at this attitude and determines whether you're a good candidate for the position or not. Ironing isn't mandatory for an interview only but should be considered especially for an interview.

8. Dress like a boss

You should always dress yourself in a neat and professional manner. As the saying goes ''dress for the job you want, not the job you have” however, some restrictions should be kept in mind.

7. Polishing

Polishing is another essential external factor that adds some added points in making your interview successful. You are not in school anymore. Now and as an adult you don't have an excuse for not being able to see your entire reflection in the mirror before leaving your house. Polishing doesn't take much time and if you aren't willing to commit to a total five minutes, how can you possibly commit to working an entire day. Little things like polishing can make a long lasting impression.

6. Never be overdressed

One important fact about dressing up is not to overdress. For example; never dress yourself for an interview like you're heading out for a night at a club or a wedding. Your daily work outfits should be appropriate for important daily meetings.

5. Quality & Color

Quality over quantity is always a good rule of thumb to go by, especially in terms of clothing. By purchasing quality clothes, you will save money in the long run. In terms of color, it's always a good idea to try to select a calming color when it comes to clothes for an interview. Colors shouldn't be vibrant but should be inviting.

4.Comfort level is directly proportional to your Confidence level

Confidence is the most important quality to possess, besides luck of course. Luck comes by chance; giving you the opportunity to meet your goals but if you have the required amount of confidence, you can achieve your goals and impress your potential new employer. It doesn't matter what your qualifications are, or what skills you have mastered if you aren't confident in an interview. Picking the right type of clothes can help boost your confidence level and allow you to relax and focus on the relevant interview questions.

3. Be Unique, Be yourself

Always be yourself. If you are going for an interview, it doesn't mean you need to change your entire personality. You should stay true to yourself and never underestimate yourself or your qualities. Wear what you like, but wear what suits you in a professional style.

2. Men Attire

You should dress yourself according to the professional position you are applying for.

A dark colored suit with a light shirt code is always a better option to choose for an interview.

Never wear dark and eye catching colored ties.

Have a fresh breath before leaving for an interview. Avoid eating and smoking before an interview.

Your hair and dress should be neat and clean.

Use deodorant instead of overpowering colognes that can cause allergic reactions.

1. Women Attire

Be conservative in your dressing. Tight fittings never give you a good look. Dress in a way that is suitable for the job position.

Interview suits should be decent and dark colored. Bright colors should be avoided. Your dress should not give a casual look.

Shoes should not be high heeled or open from toe and back.

Avoid dark shades of makeup and accessories for an interview. Wear a calm colored nail polish if you choose to paint your nails.

Your hair should be neat and styled away from your face, or in a low ponytail.

Avoid eating before the interview. Make sure you have fresh breath when leaving for an interview.

Avoid using overpowering perfume.

All the above tips mentioned are important and useful interview tips that can help you choose your dress style. By following these tips, you can save yourself some time and money. These tips are necessary when applying for a new job but, they can also be used for different important events in your life like romantic dates, weddings, anniversaries or important business meetings.


1- Lubarsky. M. A. (2014). Dressing for a job 1-2. Retrieved from:

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