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• Last updated: June 6, 2021

How to Dress for a Job Interview: Your 60 Second Visual Guide

How to dress for job interview illustration in suit blazer.

Got a job interview coming up and are wondering how to dress? Here are some general guidelines to follow at a glance.

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Illustration by Ted Slampyak

How to dress for a job interview

Formal business interview attire

  • Hair recently cut.
  • Solid conservatively patterned tie. No bright or flashy colors.
  • White or blue solid shirt.
  • If you rock a pocket square, only use the square fold.
  • 2-3 buttons.
  • Dark single-breasted suit.
  • Jacket sleeve should not extend past knuckles.
  • 1/2″ shirt cuff exposed.
  • Cuffed best for tall men; uncuffed for short.
  • Plain or capped oxford shoes, rounded toe, and closed lacing.
  • Shoes polished.

Casual job interview attire


  • Pattened shirts acceptable.
  • Face cleanly shaven or beard neatly trimmed.
  • Tie coordinates with shirt’s pattern.
  • Sports jacket.
  • Simple leather case or portfolio.
  • Flat front khakis (grey flannel or dark denim may work at some companies).
  • Nails trimmed.
  • Socks match color of pants.
  • Dress boots or leather slip-on shoes.

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