Female hands picking a dress from a hanger in a closet

How to Choose Your Interview

Eric Ciechanowski
By Eric Ciechanowski
Last Updated: September 01, 2020

The skills, experience and knowledge showcased on a resume may get you in the door, but how you present yourself has a lot to do with whether you get hired. There are many of candidates, so what do you do to set yourself apart? One of the ways is by choosing the perfect job interview outfit.

The first thing hiring managers will see about you is how you’re dressed for your interview. Therefore, your interview outfit can be the ultimate first impression, or it can be the worst first impression. Choose wisely, and you will have a competitive edge.

  • Featured in:
  • Featured Logo

Job Interview Outfit Ideas for Creative Positions

Creative positions, such as writers, editors, film editors, and graphic designers tends to attract people who like to wear clothes that are very flashy and over the top, but this is one of the biggest mistakes a candidate for one of these positions can make.

Here are a few tips for those of you applying for a creative position:

  • Do not show up in something completely trend-driven or wild, but don’t show up in a pantsuit, either.
  • Wear something comfortable.
  • Wear black or dark denim pants, closed toed shoes, and keep your accessories to a minimum.

Interview Outfit Options for a Client-Based Corporate Job

If you’re interviewing for a corporate position, such as a position in marketing, real estate, marketing, or advertising, these interview outfit tips will help you.

  • For men, you’ll want to be well-groomed. For women, never wear too much makeup and make sure it matches your skin tone. Keep your hair simple, either up or down, and do not wear perfume.
  • For men and women, a blazer will do best. Women can dress their blazer up with a simple blouse and some well-fitting trousers, and men can wear a button-down shirt with casual dress shoes. Women should not wear heels any higher than three inches.
  • Men and women should keep the colors conservative for these positions. Think of your grays, browns, and earth-toned colors.

Fashion Job Interview Outfit Ideas

The fashion industry is booming right now, and there is a lot of competition. For those who are applying for a fashion editor, stylist, merchandiser, buyer, or assistant position, think about these tips as you choose your interview outfit.

  • One of the biggest mistakes those who are applying for a fashion-related job make is dressing edgy or very trendy.
  • Keep your clothes simple and make your accessories the focal point of the outfit. Modern jewelry, a nice bag or wallet and some stylish shoes will go a long way without being over the top.
  • Make sure your clothes are not a distraction! The idea is that people notice you in your clothes rather than the clothes themselves.

Interview Outfit Ideas for Finance Positions

If you’re interviewing for a more professional position, such as a banker, a stock broker, or a research analyst, you do not want to appear fashionable or trendy at all. You want to appear professional and conservative because these positions require competence and a sense of responsibility.

  • Men and women should wear two-piece suits or skirt suits that are dark. Lightening them up with some softer colored accessories or a blouse can add a bit of spice.
  • Women should always wear a pair of conservative tights to go with their skirt, and always bring an extra pair in case you get a runner!
  • Women should stay away from colorful patterns, open-toe shoes, sleeveless tops and very high-heels.

Tech or Startup Interview Outfits

For the men and women who are interviewing for coder positions, IT positions, and engineer positions, there’s a little bit more to an interview outfit than just wearing a suit. Oftentimes, startups are full of young people, and the atmosphere of these interviews is very collegiate. Therefore, most interviewers make the mistake of believing they should dress like a hipster to fit in. The suit and the hipster outfits are both not good ideas. Here’s how to determine what to wear for a startup position.

  • Dress a bit nicer than everyone else at the company. The person interviewing you should know you dressed up, but it shouldn’t be so much they think they’re interviewing with the banker giving out their loan.
  • Wearing a three-piece suit to a startup company interview screams, “You can’t afford me,” which is the wrong impression.
  • Show you’re serious without overdressing. Go for some dark denim, a blouse or shirt that’s tucked in and classy but comfortable shoes.

It’s important to do your research on a company by perusing the company’s website for pictures of the offices and managers. Locate a handbook on their site or find one from someone you know who works at the company and look for dress code information. The best way to fit in with a company during an interview is to dress like you’re already one of the employees. It shows you fit in with the company’s culture. Also, you’ve shown initiative by looking up their requirements.

Whether you’re new to the workforce or an experienced professional, JobHero is here to help you make the most out of your career. Come to us for resume samples for hundreds of thousands of jobs, cover letter samples and an array of other helpful career resources.