What to Wear to a Corporate Interview

When it comes to corporate interviews, many interns and those looking for work experience fail at the first meeting simply because of the clothes they are wearing. Not because they didn’t give it much thought but that they didn’t give it the right type of thought.

With this in mind, below is an article with tips on what to wear to a corporate level interview.

Shoes

Men

When it comes to men’s shoes it’s hard to go past a clean pair of black dress shoes. When choosing your shoes, try to avoid any patterns or prints and keep them as simple as possible. Of course, before your interview be sure to shine them up so that they are looking their best.

Women

Pumps will always be the best shoe for a woman to wear to an interview because it gives a sense of confidence and power. However, the type of pump you choose matters. Remember that you aren’t looking to impress anybody with your shoes, so keep them simple. A plain color, preferably black, will be your best choice.

Bottoms

Men

It’s hard to go past a classic black business pant, however, with modern styles coming into play, a dark blue or even a dark green can be acceptable. When choosing, be sure to keep the colors plain with no fancy patterns for embroidery on the material.

Women

The choice is yours between a skirt or pants, however, similar to the tip above for men’s bottoms, do your best to keep the colors simple and muted. If you do choose to wear a pant, be sure that you have the matching jacket to complement your look. If you don’t, the Groupon Coupons page for Express can help you out.

Tops

Men

A classic white business shirt is a no-brainer when it comes to a corporate interview. Why? Because you can bet that everybody else will be attending in power colors and patterns which they believe will give them the edge. However, any corporate mogul knows that the real edge comes from professionalism and tradition.

Women

Similarly, choosing a blouse of a business shirt with a muted color and no patterns is a good idea to show professionalism in your interview. When choosing a color, keep with a pastel pallet so as not to get anything too bright.

Accessories

Men

  • When it comes to men’s accessories, a nice watch is going to be your strongest accessory. After that, if you have a wedding ring then you will obviously wear this, but if you don’t then don’t add anything to your hands or wrists.
  • Of course, you will want to wear a tie and, if you can, a tie pin also.
  • Cufflinks are a good idea if you are looking for a high-corporate position but can be overkill if you are just starting out.

Women

  • Simplicity is key when choosing which accessories to wear. A nice watch is a good choice for a bracelet or a bangle.
  • If you have an engagement or wedding ring then you will want to wear this and nothing else.If you have a subtle broach, this can be a great complement to your blouse.

When dressing for a corporate level interview it’s important to remember that as far as companies have come, all of them will appreciate the respect you show by dressing appropriately for an interview.