Tips on how to dress for a job interview. [photo/Courtesy]
Tips on how to dress for a job interview. [photo/Courtesy]

It is always imperative to dress the part, depending on the function or event; In our first piece on CAREER TALK, we highlight tips on how to dress for a job interview.

According to, your dress code with depend on the company you’re interviewing for as well as geographic location and time of the year.

Try to understand the kind of company by researching online before going for the interview. This will give you an idea of what to dress.

If you’ve not made any headway online, feel free to call the HR department to ask what their dress code is.

Below are some tips on how to dress for a job interview, according to Career Network.


  1. Dress in an appropriate and professional manner. In most cases this means wearing a suit or just an official shirt and trouser. You could don a tie as well, though this depends on the company.
  2. Avoid ‘shouting’ colours and flashy ties.
  3. Your clothing should be neat, clean and ironed. You do not want to show up for an interview in a creased shirt.
  4. Make sure you have fresh breath. Brush your teeth before you leave home and do not eat or smoke before the interview.
  5. Your hair should be neat, clean and conservative. If you have a beard or moustache, it should be trimmed to look neat.
  6. For companies that are not strict on dress codes, you should wear smart casual, for instance an official shirt, khaki trousers and official shoes or whatever is appropriate.


  1. Wear a suit with a skirt or pants. When in doubt be more conservative.
  2. Wear clothes that make you comfortable and fit you well.
  3. Avoid very tight, bright, and short or revealing clothes.
  4. Avoid animal printed clothes, or anything lacy or low cut.
  5. Make up and nail polish should be understated and flattering; go for shades that are neutral to your skin tone; avoid bright or unusual colours or very long nails.
  6. Keep your jewellery and hair accessories to a minimum and stick to those that are not flashy, distracting or shiny. Avoid having rings in almost all fingers; Maintain just one stud on each ear, if you must.