What to Wear to Every Type of Job Interview

From a tech start-up to a law firm.

There are a select few times in your life where stressing over what to wear is inevitable. Take, for example, a job interview. You're trying to land a gig through people whose actual jobs are to judge you. Your outfit is going to be part of that judgment—whether you want it to be or not. To avoid making any major mistakes, we crafted a cheat sheet to help guide your interview looks based on your intended's office culture. Whether it's a suit-and-tie kinda place or a hoodies-and-jeans vibe, here's what to wear to impress your new boss. 

1| Always a Suit 

If you're headed to an office that requires a suit every day, you best believe you should be wearing a suit to that interview. Keep it simple, polished, and not flashy. A navy suit, white dress shirt, plain tie (save the printed ties for, um, never), a black belt, and black shoes. Good for: finance, law, and business.


Unstructured Wool Blazer by Mr P, mrporter.com; Worsted Wool Suit Trousers by Mr P, mrporter.com; Grant Slim-Fit Non-Iron Dress Shirt by Banana Republic, bananarepublic.com; West Ridge Solid by The Tie Bar, thetiebar.com; Tully Plain Toe Derby by Kenneth Cole, nordstrom.com; Bayview Ave Leather Belt ($98) by Allen Edmonds, nordstrom.com


2| Sometimes a Suit 

If you have to wear a suit for client meetings, big presentations, and the like, wearing a suit to your interview won't feel out of place. You don't have to keep it so serious, though. Lighten up the suit with a gray color and wear a navy sweater instead of a dress shirt. (Although, for the record, you cannot go wrong with a dress shirt here.) Pair the whole look with brown shoes and a belt. The matching accessories might feel a little staid if you're into fashion, but save your boundary-pushing 'fits for out of office.

Recommended Videos

Havana Light Gray Plain by Suitsupply, suitsupply.com; Crewneck Sweater by J.Crew, jcrew.com; Cap Toe Derby by Cole Haan, nordstrom.com; Pinch Loop Belt by Cole Haan, nordstrom.com


3| Never a Suit 

If you're interviewing for something in the media or "creative" space—basically somewhere that has some guys in suits doing business things, but not on the team your interviewing for—wearing a suit can actually be detrimental. Usually, these companies want to know more that you can assimilate to the culture, and wearing a suit when that's not the norm can give the impression that you might struggle with that. Instead, opt for looking put together but still professional. Dark jeans, black Chelsea boots, a polo, and a cool jacket feels polished. 

Slim Jeans by DSTLD, dstld.com; Stephen Chelsea Boot by End x Tricker's, endclothing.com; Rack Polo Shirt, matchesfashion.com; Rail Jacket by Albam, endclothing.com



4| Literally Sweatpants 

For those interviewing at places where hoodies, shorts, and sandals are the norm: It's just as important to stay on brand. If you wear a suit, it will one hundred percent come off like you're trying too hard. Of course, wearing sweatpants for your first impression probably isn't a good idea either. Hit it somewhere in between with dark jeans, a clean tee, sharp sneakers, and a denim jacket. Comfortable and relatable. 

Jean Jacket by Rag & Bone, endclothing.com; Primo Bianco by Koio Collective, koio.co; Williams T-Shirt by Club Monaco, mrporter.com; Skinny Fit Jeans by Frame L'Homme, nordstrom.com

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

View More Articles About:
More Videos You Can Watch
About The Author
Christine Flammia
Christine Flammia writes about style, grooming, and more; she is the former associate style editor of Esquire and is currently pursuing a PhD in communications at Columbia.
View Other Articles From Christine
Latest Feed
Load More Articles
Connect With Us