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How to Dress for an Interview

Review the pictures to visualize how you should be dressed in an interview. Dress for the position you want not the position you have.

It is very important you chose clothes that look similar to these pictures. When interviewing, there are numerous basic requirements that need to be followed. They are looking for a professional, clean well-groomed employee with a smile on their face portraying confidence. Dress conservatively with clothes that fit and shoes that match.

These pictures are taken with professional models, look at how they are dressed not at their faces. If you are applying with the airlines for a flight attendant position they only ask that your height and weight be proportionate. It is more important to portray yourself as a happy and dependable person than a "Barbie Doll".

Women

Wear a suit

  • A blouse with jacket and skirt or slacks is best.
  • If you wear a skirt it should not be too tight or too short.
  • The colors of choice are Blue, Black, Gray or Brown.
  • Blouses should be of cotton or silk in a neutral color with long sleeves. They should fit comfortably (not too tight), not be wrinkled or too distracting due to loud colors.
  • A classic 34-inch square scarf that compliments the suit in color or pattern is good. Less color and less pattern is better – keep it simple.

Hair

  • Your hair should be short, pulled back or up.

Nails

  • You should have clean and polished nails; not too long.
  • The polish should be clear or neutral in color.
  • Do not have long nails with a wild color or design.

Shoes

  • Pumps with 1 ½ inch heel are standard.
  • Choose a color that compliments your suit and handbag - black, brown, burgundy or navy.
  • Avoid open toe shoes, high boots, stiletto heels and white shoes.
  • Be sure to have your shoes polished and shinned (rubbing-buffing with a clean cotton towel or soft bristled brush will put a quick shine on them) and your heels are in tact.
  • Wear leather shoes, avoid suede and light fabrics.

Stockings

  • If you wear a light colored suit, wear light colored stockings.
  • Do not wear contrasting colors.
  • Avoid opaque and printed stockings.

Jewelry and Perfume

  • Do not wear large hoop or dangling earrings.
  • Wear small studs or avoid wearing earrings.
  • Do not wear more than one pair of earrings and two finger rings, one watch or bracelet.
  • Remove all non-traditional jewelry e.g. nose rings, eyebrow rings and be sure to cover all tattoos.

Men

Overall Outfit

  • Wear a suit or sport coat and tie or at least a shirt and tie.
  • Wear dark colors: blue, brown, gray or black.

Shirts

  • Should be simple; no bright colors, French cuffs or monograms.
  • White, off white, pale blue in cotton are preferred.

Ties

  • Traditional silk no loud colors or patterns.
  • Your tie should coordinate with your attire and pulled snug to your neck.
  • Avoid ties with images or designer logos.

Socks

  • Choose a color that coordinates with your suit usually black, dark gray, dark brown or dark blue.
  • Make sure they are long enough as to not expose your skin when you sit down.

Shoes

  • Make sure they are polished and shined (rubbing-buffing with a clean cotton towel or soft bristled brush will put a quick shine on them).
  • Avoid wearing boots, stick to dress shoes that coordinates with your attire.

Jewelry and Cologne

  • Less is better.
  • Avoid wearing a lot of cologne and jewelry.
  • Do not wear more than one ring and multiple chains.
  • Make sure to remove earrings and cover tattoos.

Hair

  • Preferred short with no facial hair (keep sideburns trimmed).