The interview and what you are wearing says a lot about you. Even if you're just applying for a position low on the ladder you should still show your enthusiasm and respect for the job by dressing appropriately.
Consider the position you are applying for. What kinds of clothing will you be expected to wear? Ask someone in the human resources department if you are not sure. Speak to people you might know who have worked there. When you bring your application in, observe what people are wearing. These things should give you a clue. You can also do some research online if you want a bit more information.
When you apply for any sort of job in an office or in a large business like a bank or an investment company, expect to find that people are dressed in business outfits. When in doubt, dress as if you were 5 or 10 years older than you are if you are a young person in your twenties. Dress a little nicer than you think you need to in order to be on the safe side.
A few guidelines for women:
- Keep colors subtle. Use color in simple accessories and neutrals in jackets, pants, tops, and shoes.
- If you're wearing a skirt wear pantyhose, even if you do have a great tan.
- Heels should not be too high - 2 inches at most.
- Jewelry should be simple - not garish.
- Cute is out.
- Keep hair simple and out of your face
- Make sure make up is simple and minimal.
- At the very least wear a collard shirt.
- A tie is always a nice touch.
- Wear neutral colored pants - black, khaki, navy, or grey.
- Wear dress shoes - no runners!
- Wear a suit if you are going to interview at a bank or business establishment.