Dress relief: the Do’s and Don’ts of interview attire

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There’s only one thing more nerve-racking than your first day at your internship – THE INTERVIEW.

It’s no secret that interviews are a time to make a great first impression and sell yourself as the best candidate for the job. While your experience and resume are important, your interview dress will determine the way you’ll be addressed by employers. In fact, what you wear to your interview may be what helps you land the position! We’ve compiled a list of the top Do’s and Don’ts of interview attire to give you some much needed dress relief!

DON’T show up wrinkled, stained, messy, etc.

This might sound like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many people show up to an interview looking like they slept in their shirt and slacks. Neatness shows a sign of responsibility, and if you show up looking wrinkled or messy, the boss might view that as a reflection of your work. If you don’t have time to drop your clothes off at the drycleaners, no worries. Take a few extra minutes to iron your outfit and you’ll be good to go!


DO dress one or two levels up.

In the famous words of Oscar Wilde, “You can never be too overdressed or too overeducated.”

When dressing for an interview, follow the One Up Rule. You can never go wrong with dressing one level above the normal dress code of the organization.  Be sure to do your research about the company and plan your outfit accordingly.


DON’T assume you can dress down because the company is laid-back.

It’s important to respect the integrity of the company even if you know it’s a casual environment. Looking professional for your interview shows you have respect for the company and take your job seriously.


The focus of your interview should be you and what you bring to the table. To eliminate the possibility of distractions, keep jewelry, watches, and other flashy accessories to a minimum. This could also mean avoiding bold makeup and strong perfume/cologne.


DO give your outfit a test run.

Trust us, this will save you a lot of time and trouble. Unless you wear business professional clothes daily, you might not be as familiar with them as you are your everyday wardrobe. Try your outfit on the day before to make sure everything fits and looks perfect.


DON’T wear something you’re uncomfortable in.

While it’s important to look professional, it’s also important to be comfortable. Pencil skirts and high heels may not always be necessary. Being comfortable in what you’re wearing can ensure confidence and eliminate the possibility of fidgeting during your interview. Wear something that flatters your body and makes you feel like the best version of yourself.


DO give your shoe game some thought.

Head, shoulders, knees AND toes people. We’re going to go ahead and lay this one out on the table – flip flops are a hard no. Just. Don’t. Do. It. A safe bet is to wear a pair of closed toed shoes that are appropriate for the work environment. A neutral pair of dress shoes or heels will usually suffice.



DON’T overthink it.

When it’s all said and done, trust your gut. If you look in the mirror and question whether you should wear that leather jacket or those 6-inch heels, you probably shouldn’t. Keep it simple, classy, and professional.


Remember, there’s a reason you got an interview! Have confidence in yourself and dress to impress. YOU put the HIP in internship!