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Dressing for Success in Your Job Interview: For Women Only!

tips for women dressing for a job interviewFollow this practical advice to choose the right outfit

Is there anything more nerve-wracking than a job interview? There’s so much pressure to say and do the right thing, and on top of that, you want to make sure you are wearing the right clothes too!

Getting ready for the interview will take time. Give yourself adequate time to learn about the employer. If you go to a career school, schedule a mock interview with your Career Services department. Prepare a list of questions that you want to ask the employer. Make sure you’ve read the job description and understand the type of job it will be.

Once you’ve done all that planning, it’s time to figure out what you will wear. Below is a women’s guide to choosing an interview outfit. Make sure you plan out your outfit a few days in advance to make sure you have everything you need.

Rule #1: Wear a business suit

  • A business suit is still the standard attire for a job interview. You can choose between the skirted suit style and the pantsuit style. Either is okay.
  • Choose a suit with a solid dark color, such as black or dark gray.
  • Choose a blouse that looks good with the suit jacket.
  • Be modest. No plunging necklines or super short skirts.
  • If you cannot afford a suit or suit jacket, you can wear a nice blouse with a skirt or dress pants.
  • No bare legs! Most women wear skirts without pantyhose, but for a job interview, you should wear pantyhose if you are wearing a skirt.
  • Make sure you have shoes that match your outfit. Make sure they are in good condition. They should be close-toed business shoes. Some heel is okay, but avoid stilettos.

Rule #2: Accessories should be conservative

  • Large jewelry can be distracting. Limit the jewelry you wear. A simple necklace and earrings should be enough.  
  • Keep your fingernails clipped neatly for the interview. If you get your nails done, pick an understated shade, and avoid any designs or bling.
  • Go easy on the makeup. Just use the normal amount that you would wear on a regular day at school or work.
  • Don’t wear perfume. Some people are allergic to perfumes or may not like the same scent you do.
  • For body piercings, it’s probably best not to wear jewelry in them. Earrings are okay, but nose and tongue jewelry and other dermal piercings can be distracting during the interview.
  • Cover your tattoos for the interview, if possible. Tattoos are much more mainstream than in the past, but if you can cover them, it’s still a safer bet to do so.
  • Find a small bag or portfolio to hold your belongings. Big purses or shoulder bags look sloppy and unprofessional.

We hope these tips will help you feel comfortable with what to wear to your next job interview. With a little time and effort, you will be able to present yourself as the professional, confident person that you are!


This article is part of the Harris Casel Institute’s weekly blog. Located in Melbourne, FL, the Harris Casel Institute offers career training programs for nursing assistants, home health aides, practical nurses and more. Contact us online for more information about enrolling.