Dress For Success

Achieving Dress Success for Your Job Interview

Your appearance is your initial statement – a powerful introduction that precedes your words.
The adages “Look good, play good, pay good” and “You only get one chance to make
a good first impression” hold true, especially in job interviews. Before you utter a word, your
attire speaks volumes.

Here’s a guide to dressing for success:
Suit Selection: Opt for a solid-color, conservative suit – think dark blue, gray, or black. Avoid
brown, tan, or green. A dark olive suit can be acceptable, given its contemporary appeal in
business settings.

The Classic White Shirt: Choose a white, long-sleeve dress shirt. White exudes
professionalism. To prevent morning wrinkles, have your shirt folded by your dry cleaner instead
of hanging it.

Tie Etiquette: Select a conservative silk professional tie, steering clear of quirky patterns like
Road Runner or Tabasco Bottle motifs.

Footwear Matters: Opt for dark, well-polished, professional leather shoes paired with a
matching belt.

Socks in Sync: Wear dark, professional over-the-calf socks that complement your outfit.
Minimalist Accessories: Keep jewelry to a minimum, with class rings or wedding bands being
appropriate. Avoid earrings.

Grooming is Key: Maintain a neat, professional hairstyle – consider getting a fresh haircut
before your interview. If you prefer facial hair, keep it well-groomed and trimmed. Ensure your
nails are clean, neat, and well-trimmed.

Subtle Fragrance: Go easy on the after-shave, or better yet, skip it entirely.
Carry a Professional Portfolio: Bring a professional leather portfolio or notebook to take notes,
store your prepared questions, and carry extra resumes.

Pen Choice Matters: Select a professional pen, such as the Cross Classic in gold or gold-filled –
it will be prominently displayed, so choose wisely.

Freshen Up: Pack a small travel kit with toothpaste, a toothbrush, and dental floss. A quick
refresh during breaks or after lunch can boost your confidence.


By adhering to these guidelines, you’ll make a lasting, positive first impression before you even
utter a word during your interview. Remember, your attire speaks volumes about your
professionalism and attention to detail.