Should I wear a suit to job interview?

This is a very typical question I hear on a daily basis and the answer is a YES and a NO.

You should wear a suit to a job interview if the job requires wearing a suit on a daily basis:

Any job that is front office (bank jobs, sales, customer facing roles), professional organizations (law firms, Audit companies), certain government entities…

So what do you wear if you are interviewing for a back office job such as Developer, Business Analyst, Project Manager…?

Do NOT wear a suit.

Companies are looking for a good fit, and if you show up to a job interview in a business casual office dressed in a black suit, you will look like the Auditor. You need to fit in and make the interviewer feel comfortable with you.

What are my suggestions:

Men:
Do not wear matching pants and jacket
Best attire would be modern pants (can be khakis depending on the company) with a business casual shirt and a sports coat.
A sweater can be worn underneath the jacket for winter.
You do not need a tie unless the role is a management role.
To make things simpler I would recommend choosing a blazer that will match multiple colors such as black, gray…
Do not wear clothes that are too colorful. Keep it conservative and simple.
Striped shirts are more modern looking then plain ones, so try to opt for them
Make sure your clothes are ironed and cleaned well without any harsh detergent smell.
Wear business casual shoes, and make sure your shoes are clean and polished.
Do not wear man jewelry except for your wedding ring
Do not wear heavy perfume and aftershave
Make sure your hair is clean and neat without any visible products

Women:
Do not wear matching skirt/pants and jacket
Best attire would be modern dress pants or knee high skirt (or dress) with mid to low heel shoes in dark colors.
It should be topped with a blouse and a semi-casual blazer.
To make things simpler I would recommend choosing a blazer that will match multiple colors such as black, gray… Do not wear clothes that are too colorful. Keep it conservative and simple.
Make sure your clothes are ironed and cleaned well without any harsh detergent smell.
Make sure your shoes are clean and polished.
Keep the jewelry and make up to bare minimum and wear a light perfume.
Make sure your hair is clean without any visible products and neat, preferably cut to a professional length.

I recommend understanding the business casual dress code and modifying your wardrobe accordingly. Take a look at common retailers like GAP, JCrew, Banana Republic website to get ideas for appropriate clothing for work and interviews. Find well-fitting, natural fabric clothes that will not make you uncomfortable during the meetings.

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