What to Wear for an Informal Interview

When applying for a job, there are rules that if broken can make or break your chances at securing the job. The following are some tips to take into consideration when dressing for an informal interview.

1. Being Overdressed Versus Underdressed

In order to make the best impression possible, if you are unsure of what to wear to an interview, it’s better to be overdressed. When in doubt, layer your clothing to adjust when necessary.

2. Khaki Pants

Khaki pants are a great choice for an informal interview and can be dressed up or down to great effect. Make sure that the khakis are pressed and fitted. Pay attention to hemlines as well for optimal presentation.

3. Shirt

For a casual job interview, it is acceptable to pair your dress slacks or khaki pants with a polo shirt, or with a pressed long-sleeve button-down shirt. Avoid t-shirts, collarless, or short-sleeve shirts as they can appear too informal for the occasion.

4. Jacket

Slacks paired with a sports jacket is a perfect look for informal interviews. The jacket should button at the waist in case it needs to be re-buttoned if a more formal look is necessary. Opt for traditional colors like navy blue or charcoal.

5. Shoes

Polished shoes that work well with the rest of your ensemble are an absolute must. Loafers, Oxfords, and Chukka boots are all possibilities for an informal interview. Avoid tennis shoes or sandals altogether, and remember to match sock and shoe color.

Final Considerations

There are several types of accessories that can be thrown into the mix for informal interviews. Appropriate items include a nice watch, a tie or bow tie, and cuff links. Never wear excessive jewelry or fragrances that could possibly offend.

Written by Breanna Muir