What to Wear to a Summer Job Interview

Interviewing for a summer job? Whether you are interviewing for an office job or camp counselor position, you should always look well groomed and neatly dressed for an interview. However, you can look professional and still stay cool when interviewing in the summer months.

Here's what to wear for a summer job interview, including interview attire for male and female job applicants, how to accessorize, what to bring with you, and how to stay cool during your interviews.

Female Summer Interview Attire

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Young women should wear nice pants (khakis or dress pants) and a blouse. Dresses and skirts are also appropriate and will help keep you cool, but they should be knee-length. The outfit should be free of wrinkles and any rips or holes.

It is ok to wear a sleeveless blouse, but the shoulder-width should be at least one inch; avoid spaghetti straps or tops that show your bra straps. Also avoid blouses that are too tight or low-cut.

Some employers, especially in resort communities or for jobs at parks and amusement parks, will allow you to wear shorts, particularly khaki or linen shorts. However, unless you are absolutely certain the employer will not mind you wearing shorts, stick with pants, a dress, or skirt.

Accessories: Keep accessories in moderation: limit your perfume, makeup, and jewelry. This is especially important in the summer; if you sweat, you will not have to worry about your makeup running and you will not be sweating off all your perfume!

Shoes: Wear closed-toe shoes that are not sneakers; heels are fine as long as they are not very high.

Male Summer Interview Attire

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Young men do not have to wear a tie to a job interview, but should still dress professionally.

Shirt: A button-down shirt, khakis, and a belt are appropriate, as is a collared t-shirt.

Pants: Some employers, typically when interviewing for casual summer jobs at a resort or park, for example, will allow you to wear shorts; however, many men’s shorts are somewhat baggy and inappropriate for the workspace. Khaki and linen shorts are more professional than cargo shorts and denim shorts, and are therefore more appropriate for interviews. However, unless you are absolutely certain the employer will not mind you wearing shorts, stick with khaki pants or men’s dress pants.

Make sure your pants and shirt are wrinkle-free, and that your shirt is tucked into your pants. Your pants and shirt should not be too baggy or too tight, and should be free of holes.

Shoes: Wear closed-toe shoes that are not sneakers, such as dress shoes or boat shoes. You should also leave the baseball cap at home; caps are considered unprofessional.

What to Bring to a Summer Job Interview

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There are some items that you will need to bring with you to your interview. If you have a resume, bring a copy of it.

Otherwise, bring a list of the information you supplied when you filled out the job application. You will need to know your employment history details, if you have worked before.

Bring a list of references of people who can recommend you for the job.

Also bring a notepad and pen, so you can jot down questions you have for the interviewer and take-aways you want to remember after the interview.

Ask for a business card or write down your interviewer's name so you can send a thank you letter, note or email message when you get back home.

How to Stay Cool During a Summer Job Interview

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It can be a challenge to stay cool when you are interviewing in warm weather. You don't want to look sweaty or messy because of the heat and ruin your interview appearance.

There are ways to keep cool despite the outside temperature. When choosing a fabric, stick to cotton or linen, which will keep you cooler. Light colors will also keep you cooler.

If you have long hair, you can put your hair back in a sleek ponytail or bun to stay cool.

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