Things You Shouldn’t Wear on a Job Interview

Things You Shouldn’t Wear on a Job Interview

First impressions last, they say.

While it’s important to remember that first impressions don’t overpower your experience and knowledge in an interview, it does help a lot.

And a big part of that is looking great and dressing appropriately. Whatever the position you’re applying for, it’s important to look polished.

Here are the things you shouldn’t wear on a job interview:

Casual Clothing

While some companies don’t expect you to wear corporate attire on your interview, make sure your outfit still displays some professionalism.

If you have a job interview with a more informal work environment, go for a business casual outfit that looks more professional and polished than a T-shirt, jeans, or sandals.

Wearing something too casual, such as slit jeans or a tank top, is a big NO. Aside from being downright inappropriate, it also creates an impression that you haven’t made any effort for the interview.

Also, be mindful of what you wear underneath a blazer. Take note that a blazer doesn’t upgrade the rest of your outfit. It’s best to take the extra effort to wear a button-down or a V-neck sweater to look professional.

Sandals or Flip-flops

For job interviews, stick with comfortable, closed-toe shoes.

Slip-on dress shoes, such as flats and low-heel pumps in black or white color, are great options for women. Shoes made with leather or fabric work just fine.

For men, classic dress shoes are the most appropriate for job interviews. They are comfortable, minimalistic, and professional-looking. Lace-up shoes like loafers and Oxfords in brown or black are good bets.

Make sure your shoes are well-polished and don’t have scratches or dirt.

Poorly Fitting Clothes or Shoes

You might think that it doesn’t matter if you’re swimming in your clothes.

However, the hiring manager or interviewer might think otherwise. Wearing a sloppy outfit might suggest that your work is also sloppy.

That said, make sure you wear pants, a blouse/shirt, and jackets that fit properly. If you’ve lost some weight in the past months, take your garments to your local tailor and have them adjusted.

Bright, Flashy Clothes or Jewelry

When it comes to job interviews, neutral colors are more preferable.

They aren’t a place to make a statement. You have to look professional in every way. That said, unless you’re applying for a job in the fashion industry, do away from flashy outfits.

Choose simpler pieces that complement each other, such as a simple blouse or button-down shirt, a navy blue blazer, and a pair of khaki pants for women.

For men, it can be as simple as a button-down shirt and dark slacks.

Apply the same rule for accessories. Stick to one or two simpler pieces, such as a pair of stud earrings or a classic necklace like pearls.

Heavy Perfume or Cologne

It’s important to smell good during your job interview, but not to the extent that you’ll distract the interviewer or other people.

What’s more, you’ll never know if someone in the office has an allergy so use perfume sparingly or not at all for the day of your interview.

You can smell good by taking a refreshing bath and wearing fresh and clean clothes.

You should also avoid wearing too much makeup. Heavy makeup can be distracting, so it’s better for other occasions.

Funky Scarves and Ties

Scarves and ties are a great way to accentuate your look. However, you have to pick the right style and design that’s suitable for the occasion.

For more formal settings like job interviews, women should choose scarves in solid, more confident colors like blue and red.

Meanwhile, men wearing ties should stick to classic options, like solids and diagonal stripes.

Don’t Get Too Dated

While you want to keep everything simple and professional-looking, you don’t want to look too dated, either.

You don’t need to spend much on your wardrobe. It’s best to invest in a few high-quality, fashion-forward clothes for job interviews.

It’s a smart idea to buy clothes that you can use not just for interviews but also when you start to work.


Looking great on a job interview can be extremely helpful when trying to make a positive impression.

Whatever role you’re applying for, you should aim to look smart and professional. You don’t have to wear something too formal unless the company requires it.

In most settings, business casual attire will work just fine. However, do away from clothes that are too casual, sandals or flip-flops, poorly fitting clothes, and bright, flashy outfits and accessories.

Lastly, don’t forget to wear a smile. It makes you look more confident and helps set the tone for a successful job interview.

Best of luck!

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  • July 19, 2021