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Resumes & Job Interview Guide

What to Wear on an Interview

What to Wear on an Interview

It is very important that you dress appropriately for the interview. What you wear and how you dress is a reflection of your attitude and personality. Here are some hints on how to dress for an interview.


  • Wear dark colored pants (never wear jeans) with collared shirts

  • Avoid wearing collared shirts that are too thin or have designs.

  • Stick to wearing one color shirts that are plain or come with light stripes.

  • Avoid bright colored shirts like red and purple.

  • Wear an undershirt beneath your collared shirt so that, when you sweat, it does not seep through to your shirt.

  • Necktie should be silk with a conservative pattern

  • Dark shoes (black lace-ups are best)

  • Dark socks (black is best)

  • Don't wear athletic shoes

  • Do carry a portfolio or briefcase with extra copies of your resume


  • If you want to go Western-then wear slacks/pants or skirts that fall below the knee.

  • Wear collared shirts or blouses.

  • Try avoiding bright colors like hot pink and orange.

  • Avoid shirts that have too much of a pattern as it can be distracting.

  • It's best to wear dark pants or a dark skirt and a nice, ironed, light-colored collared shirt.

  • If wearing Western, wear close-toed shoes.

  • If wearing Indian, you can wear a salwar suit or a sari.

  • Make sure the material is thick (not synthetic) and that the colours and pattern are not bright or distracting.

  • Don't wear too much jewellery

  • No purses, small or large; carry a briefcase instead

  • If you wear nail polish (not necessary), use clear or a conservative color.

Men & Women

  • Well-groomed hairstyle

  • Clean, trimmed fingernails

  • Minimal cologne or perfume

  • Empty pockets-—no bulges or tinkling coins

  • No visible body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.)


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