1. QualityBuying a classic suit will ensure that it will not go out of style over time. Buying the best quality clothing that you can afford and keeping a watch out for sales can provide the best bargain over the long run since you will definitely get more wear out of a nicely made suit than a cheap one.
- Conservative suit with jacket for business setting (solid navy or dark gray).
- Conservative long sleeved white or blue shirt for business setting.
- Dress slacks and oxford shirt for more casual setting.
- Haircut, freshly shaven, and well groomed mustache (mustaches may be viewed negatively in some environments).
- Well groomed finger nails.
- Professional briefcase.
- Conservative skirt or pants suit with jacket for business setting (solid dark blue, gray, or black).
- Dress slacks or skirt and classic top or blouse for more casual setting.
- Well groomed hairstyle and minimal make up.
- Manicured finger nails and clear or light colored nail polish.
5. Pulling it All TogetherSince your appearance is a big part of the initial first impression in an interview, it's crucial that you take nothing for granted. Your grooming, attire, accessories all speak volumes about you so taking the time to ensure that you are dressed appropriately can make a huge difference in the outcome.
Although appropriate dress is essential in an interview, it is not necessary to spend more than you can afford. For business and office settings one suit will do the trick. You can use the same suit but change the look by wearing a different shirt and tie; or for women, vary the look with a different top or scarf or by rotating your jewelry.