Quick Tips: Interview Dress for Men
• First Impressions count significantly. You don’t get a second
chance to make a first impression.
• An interviewer will check you out from head to toe to make sure
that you fit the image of their company. Dress conservatively
and professionally. Avoid trendy clothing, big patterns, and
• Dress the part and research ahead of time what to wear for an
interview. Don’t wait to the last minute to try and find a suit. Get
it weeks beforehand, so it is tailored and ready to go.
• Call to ask the Human Resources department of a particular
company where you are interviewing, research interview dress
online, or read a book on the topic.
Specific Clothing Tips:
Interview Suit (Jacket and Pants)
• Wear a navy, navy pinstripe, charcoal gray, or charcoal gray
pinstripe suit for a first job interview. Avoid black since it is more
• Wear a jacket with 2 or 3 buttons. Stay away from jackets with
more than 3 buttons since they are considered to be more
• Button the top button on a 2 button jacket and button the top
either the middle button or the top 2 buttons on a 3 button
jacket. Never button the bottom button on a jacket.
• Wear plain front or pleated slacks. Make sure to get them
tailored properly, wearing dress shoes with an average height
heel, not sneakers.
• Wear your pants at your natural waist which is right below your
belly button. Do not wear them down low, or they will look
sloppy. Pants should be able to stay up on your waist without a
Cheat Sheet: Interview Dress for Men Cont.d)
• belt. Pant length matters. You don’t want pants to be too long or
that will look unfinished and untailored.
• Pants can have a cuff or a plain bottom. Typically a cuff bottom
is worn since it looks more finished.
Interview Shoes, Belt and Socks
• Match your shoes to your belt (leather to leather). For example,
with a charcoal gray suit you should wear black shoes and a
black belt. With a