During an interview you can assume you are being evaluated immediately on your appearance alone; this means those first 7 seconds in an interview are crucial. It’s just human nature.

Applied Resource Group is here to help you make the best first impression possible and that starts with your outfit. Have you ever heard of the expression, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have?” No matter where you interview or what you will do, dressing professionally is one way that you can stand out among your competition.

Below are interview outfit recommendations and photos:    


  1. Dress Business Formal; it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed
    –  Pants suit (Navy Blue, grey or Black) fitted to your body type and a solid color blouse/top
    –  Skirt suit (Navy blue, grey or black), fitted to you and skirt length below the knee paired with a solid blouse/top
  2. Closed-toe shoes with a low heel (1-2 inches)
  3. Subtle jewelry: 2 rings, post earrings, and small necklace
  4. Small to medium purse with portfolio and copies of your resumes printed on resume paper
  5. Natural Makeup
  6. Avoid Perfumes


  1. Two-piece pants suit (Black, navy blue or grey)
  2. White dress shirt with matching white undershirt
  3. Conservative tie (no bright colors or loud patterns and no bowties)
  4. Polished black or brown dress shoes paired with matching socks
  5. Avoid strong Cologne
  6. Make sure your facial hair and hair is groomed
  7. Bring your portfolio, pen and extra copies of your resume on resume paper

You should also consider following these guidelines to make a positive first impression:

  1. Arrive Early: Arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled interview time
    –  Be sure to leave enough time for traffic or any unanticipated circumstances
  2. Smile: Brush your teeth and floss before walking into the interview and smile throughout the interview
  3. Firm Handshake: Firmly shake each interviewers hand and maintain eye contact to show respect
  4. Stand/Sit tall: You want to come off as confident, not nervous, sitting tall is one way to do show confidence
  5. Speak Clearly: Speak loudly and clearly enough for each interviewer to hear you and make sure that you answer the questions that are asked
  6. Show what you Know: Be prepared to answer questions about your experience and general interview questions like why you want to work there
  7. Prepare questions for the interviewer

Following these simple steps to make a great first impression will help ensure that you stand out among the competition and land your dream job.