What to Wear to an Office / Administrative Interview

Check out the dress code before your interview so you make the best impression. Copyright Getty Images Digital Vision

When preparing for an interview for an administrative office position, one of the details you want to pay close attention to is your attire. What you wear may affect your chances of being hired, as well as your potential for advancement within the company.

It's a good idea during your research about the company to try to find out what their dress code is and it's fine to ask the person who schedules the interview about appropriate attire.

If it is strictly business attire, you need to dress in your most conservative suit, with accessories to match. This means navy or grey, for men and women.

Office / Administrative Interview Attire

Men should wear a white or pastel shirt, conservative tie, dark socks, and dress shoes. Women can choose a skirt or pant suit, both should be worn with a blouse, hosiery, and closed toe shoes with a conservative heel. Make sure that piercings and tattoos are covered, except for minimal conservative earrings in the ears of women.

Jewelry and hairstyles should be classic, and men and women should both carry a briefcase with resume, pad, working pen, and breath mints. Leave the cologne off, let clean and freshly laundered be your signature scent.

Business Casual Plus

If what you learn is that people generally dress in business casual, your best choice is still going to be to dress in business attire, but you can add to your options.

Men, for example, can choose to wear a pair of dress slacks with a coordinating blazer in a conservative color. Shirt and tie should remain conservative, staying with a pastel shirt and appropriate tie. Dark socks and polished dress shoes are a must.

Women will have the option of a pair of dress slacks, skirt, and coordinating blazer as well, worn with a blouse, or sweater.

Hosiery and polished closed toe shoes are essential.

Always minimize tattoos and piercings in a business environment, keep hair styles and make up conservative, and bring your briefcase to house your resume, pad of paper, working pen, and breath mints.

Save your cologne for the clubs, and let how clean and well groomed you are make their own excellent impression.

What to Wear to Work When You Get the Job

It's a good idea to think about what you're going to wear to work before you get a job offer. That way you won't have to scramble at the last minute to get work clothes ready.

Many offices have specific and conservative dress codes. When you are hired, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with them. It is also helpful to observe what your colleagues and supervisors wear on a daily basis.

Stick to the Dress Code

For the first few months, it is advisable to stick strictly to the dress code as written, even if you notice that your colleagues take some liberties. You don't want your choices in dress to make you stand out in a negative way, especially when you are still establishing yourself within the office environment.

Men's Office Attire

Most administrative offices expect business attire, but that doesn't necessarily mean a black, navy, or grey suit every day.

Men may have the choice of a suit in any conservative color, or dress slacks and a coordinating blazer as well. Always wear a shirt and tie, which again, may be slightly more fashion forward as you observe what your colleagues and management wear. Always wear dark socks, and make sure your shoes are polished.

Women's Office Attire

Women may have the choice of a skirt, pant, or dress suit, or coordinating dress slacks, skirt, or dress, and blazer. A blouse, sweater, or twinset can be appropriate. Hosiery and polished closed toe shoes are always a requirement. Tattoos should always be covered, and piercings minimized.

Keep Your Accessories Simple

Jewelry, make-up, hairstyles, and accessories such as handbags and scarves, should be conservative, but can reflect individual style.

Have a Question About What to Wear?

Your employee handbook and your supervisor can provide answers to any specific questions you may have.

Check before you start work, so you are sure that you are dressed appropriately for your first day on the job.

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