How to dress for a job interview

5 tips for how to impress a future employer

By Roscoe Bradt

First impressions are important, especially when you might only have five minutes to give off the best first look you can. A vital part of your interview is your appearance and dress in order to give an impressive presentation.


1. Dress up, but don’t overdress

Although you should get spiffed up for your interview, you should not go overboard with it. If you’re applying for a job behind the grill at Burger King, a tuxedo and suit vest might be a stretch. Slacks and a button up, on the other hand, might better suit you. Pick an outfit that best suits the position you hope to take.


2. Keep it simple

While flashy colors may be fun for a night out with your friends, an employer may not think the same. Try to shy away from bright and extravagant outfits, and more toward practical dress wear, such as a conservative dress.


3. Avoid graphics or logos

You may like to support your favorite sports company or show off a cool graphic on the front of your shirt, but it’s best to stay away from clothing more suited for casual wear. With a graphic, you don’t want to offend your employer in any way, or give the impression you didn’t prepare for this interview.


4. Hygiene, hygiene, hygiene

Your employer may literally turn their nose up at you if you forget to freshen up before an interview. Shower and groom yourself before an interview, so you can look your best. Deodorant doesn’t hurt either. Interviews can be stressful, and you have the opportunity to build up a sweat. Avoid strong colognes or perfumes because you want to be remembered for you credentials and skills, rather than your scent.


5. Look confident

Your posture makes a big difference in how you appear to an employer. Confidence levels show employers that you’re ready to take on whatever they throw at you. Get a good night sleep before your interview and do you best to calm your nerves and appear as confident as possible. Shoulders back and chin up, you’ve got this job in the bag.