I want to make this as clear as possible, so as to eliminate any possibility of confusion.
If you are a man, this is what you will wear to an interview:
- Dress Socks
If you are a woman, this is what you will wear to an interview:
- White blouse
- Dark skirt or dark trousers
This is non-negotiable.
Wearing anything else is unacceptable. It baffles me that anyone would arrive at an interview wearing anything but a suit. We are living in the information age. There is absolutely no excuse for not knowing how to dress up properly for an interview.
I challenge anybody to find me a single reputable source that recommends going to an interview wearing jeans and a T-shirt. I’m going to be blunt here. If you’re not going to take your employer seriously enough to wear proper attire, you don’t deserve the job. This is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in your life, so show some class and take it seriously.
On a side note, we also live in an age where mirrors are readily available. For the love of God, look at yourself before you walk out of your house. It is in fact, very possible to wear all the proper attire and still look worse than the guy wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Make sure you tied your tie correctly. Make sure that the suit actually fits you. Make sure that that your suit and shirt aren’t covered in questionable stains. If you’re really unlucky and somehow got your suit stained on your way to the interview, make sure you note that as soon as the interview begins. By explaining it preemptively, you can turn it into a humorous discussion topic instead of having the hiring manager question your personal hygiene.
I personally never understood the aversion to suits anyway. Do people hate looking good? There isn’t even anything particularly uncomfortable about suits. Dress shirts are quite comfortable. Suit pants are arguably more comfortable than jeans. The tie is the only legitimate potential source of discomfort, but if it bothers you just leave it untied until you arrive at your destination. Problem solved.
Now, many people misunderstand the reasoning behind dressing up for an interview. Contrary to popular belief, the main reason is not just to look good.
Quite frankly, some people out there wouldn’t qualify as physically attractive no matter what they wore. Putting on a Versace suit doesn’t make me George Clooney. I’m still the same ugly guy…just in a Versace suit.
The real reason for wearing a suit is to demonstrate to the hiring manager that you’re taking the opportunity seriously. Not wearing a suit to an interview is rude, disrespectful, and most importantly, idiotic.
The only valid reason for not wearing a suit to an interview is if the hiring manager specifically informed you that it wasn’t necessary prior to the interview. And no, this does not mean that you should ask before an interview if you have to wear a suit. If the hiring manager didn’t say anything, just default to wearing a suit.
Now to preemptively fend off the impending wave of comments, yes I understand that not wearing a suit to an interview doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t get the job. Obviously everyone knows this, so please don’t bother commenting about it. I don’t want to hear your stories about how you went to your interview in Juicy pants and got the job anyway by solving a Millennium Prize problem.
But as a closing note, simply consider the following:
You will never lose a job offer because you wore a suit. You might lose a job offer if you didn’t.
Enough said, case closed. Wear a suit bozo.