What should i wear for interview?
You don’t need to look as carefully coiffed as a TV-news anchorwoman, but you definitely want to make sure your hair reflects the orderliness you intend to bring to
the job. If you have long hair, you can wear it down (as long as it doesn’t look shaggy), pulled back with a barrette, or in a neat updo. If you have dreadlocks, gather them in a tiny bundle at the nape of your neck. Avoidribbons and glittery hairclips—those are more appropriate for a high school cheerleading squad than an office. If your hair makes a statement, consider toning it down: That wacky 1940s snood has to go. Think about how you would fit in with the organization; this is an
especially important consideration in conservative corporate settings.
Of course, you’ll want to make yourself up to look your best. But, your makeup should be subtle—no brightly colored eye shadow or lipstick and no heavy mascara or eyeliner. You aren’t aiming for a career on the stage!
Keep it understated. You don’t want interviewers to be so blinded by your flashy accessories that they overlook you as a person. Remember the old saw about jewelry: Put on all you plan to wear, then take one item off. Avoid any jewelry that makes noise. The only facial jewelry you should wear is earrings, and those should
be just a pair of demure studs rather than attention grabbing hoops. Get rid of eyebrow hoops, nose rings, and lip and tongue studs. Even if you’re interviewing
for a relatively freewheeling company, there could be a generational gap between you and the interviewer, who might have come of age before facial piercings became acceptable.
Whenever you shake hands with your interviewer, pass him material, or emphasize a point with a hand gesture, you’re giving him an opportunity to look at your nails.
They should be clean and well shaped. You should keep them short or midlength—office work and long nails don’t mix. Nail polish should be a neutral shade.
You can wear a business suit or a well-coordinated outfit of a jacket with a skirt or pants. If you wear a skirt, it should not fall more than an inch or two above the knee; this isn’t an opportunity to flash your gams. Your blouse should be monochrome or in a very discreet pattern and in nonassertive shades, such as whites or pastels. Of
course, it should be crisply ironed and stain-free. You may keep the top button unbuttoned to convey an air of relaxation and confidence, but under no circumstances should you expose skin below the clavicle. If you don’t shave your
legs, be sure to wear pants or opaque stockings.
Shoes and Stockings
Sensible low-heeled shoes are a must. Be sure to wear them a few times before the day of the interview—if your toes or heel are blistered, you’ll literally have
started the day off on the wrong foot. The shade can be bright—but not loud—and it should match some other aspect of your outfit; that attention to detail will be noticed. In conservative industries, nude pantyhose make the best choice for stockings; in more creative fields, opaque stockings in subdued tones of black,
brown, or charcoal are widely acceptable. But patterned stockings are a bad idea, and fishnets are out of the question.
Neat, clean and carefully groomed is the way to go. If you have short hair, it’s a plus if you had a haircut less than two weeks before the interview. If you have facial hair, it should be short and well trimmed. Trim your eyebrows and get rid of any nose or ear hair.
Jewelry and accessories
The accounting interview is not the time or place for a man to draw attention to his choices in jewelry. Even an ear stud will make too bold a statement. Leave it out for this first impression; you’ll have a chance to revisit the issue if you get the job. Get rid of any other facial jewelry. If your shirt requires cufflinks, make sure they look traditional and don’t attract a lot of attention.
A classic gray business suit is the industry norm. Avoid denim or khaki—those fabrics are too casual for an interview no matter what the setting. Pants should be
flat-front instead of pleated, not too baggy and not too tight. Your shirt should be in a neutral monochrome or, at most, discreetly patterned. It shouldn’t cling around
the neck, shoulder or arms, but it also shouldn’t be baggy. (Baggy shirts will show more wrinkles than well-fitting ones.) Wear an undershirt to keep chest hair and pectoral muscles out of sight and out of the interviewer’s mind; you want to impress him with your professional assets, not your physical ones. Before
you put your shirt on, inspect it to make sure it’s clean and shows no obvious signs of wear, such as holes, a yellowed collar, frayed cuffs, or pulled threads.
Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of covering up a shirt that isn’t quite right with a sweater or jacket for the duration of the interview. You can’t predict what the climate control in the interview room will be like, and this solution will only make you hot and uncomfortable when the pressure is on.
A tie is de rigueur. Stick with the classic regimental stripe or the subtly patterned red power tie.
Shoes and Socks
Your shoes should be dark and polished. You should wear them at least a few times before the day of the interview to make sure they’re a comfortable fit. Socks
should be dark and long enough to come up past your pant cuffs when sitting.