ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to wear a suit for a job interview

Updated on March 22, 2011
This suit is too black for a job interview
This suit is too black for a job interview

What kind of suit should I wear?

Alright, so you've landed a job interview. That's great. Now, what to wear? The choice is obvious for most jobs: a suit and tie. For certain manual labor jobs this might be a little much, but for most jobs you're going to want to look your best at a job interview. Even if office attire at the particular company isn't formal, it's better to overdress than to dress down only to find out the office dresses a lot better than you realized.

What color suit is best?

There are many different color suits available, but most aren't appropriate for a job interview. The best color is either charcoal or navy. These are colors that are pretty much appropriate any time you wear a suit. A lot of people choose black for their first suit. I would advise against this. Black is really a color for funerals and members of the Italian mob. In daylight, black suits make you look like a member of a secretive satanic cult.

There are also a lot of white and khaki colored suits out there. These are great for summer weddings or dinner parties, but they just don't fit in well in an office setting. The colors denote casualness, which is not the impression you want to make at a job interview.

I should note here that you want to avoid pinstripes for an interview suit. Pinstripes are great, and I love suits with them, but they also give a very strong impression of power, and that will just come across as arrogance at a job interview. Wear pinstripes after you land the job and you're bossing 30 people around.

What type of suit should I wear?

First, we'll cover material. Wear a wool suit. I like wool suits in general, but they are especially good for a job interview. Cotton suits are more of a casual summer thing, and they show more wrinkles than wool. Ask about the materials when you buy a suit, as not all wools are the same.

Do not wear a three piece suit. A vest is both too formal and also arrogant. Once again, it's something to wear after you land the job.

The standard business suit these days is the single-breasted 3-button wool suit. Remember the rules on buttons (from top to bottom button): sometimes, always (except when seated), never. When standing, you can sometimes have the top button buttoned, particularly if you're outside and it's windy. You should always have the middle button buttoned when standing. You should never have the bottom button fasted. Never. Also unbutton all three buttons when you're sitting down.

How should my suit fit?

This is something you should discuss with a tailor. Your suit should absolutely be tailored. An untailored suit will look sloppy unless you happen to have the exact dimensions of the model used to make the original. There's about a 1% chance that you do, so go to the tailor. Your sleeves should come down to the joint where your thumb meets your hand or slightly higher. Your shoulders are the most important part of the suit. The shoulder seam should be right at where your shoulder joint meets your torso. Make sure you get that right when you buy a suit, because a tailor can't do much to fix the shoulder.

Your tailor will know how to fit your pants just right. They should cover your socks while standing and not touch the floor.

Shoes and belt

I suggest black or brown shoes and belt, and they should match. I really like the look of brown shoes and a brown belt on a charcoal or navy suit because it gives a sort of smart, vintage look, but some conservatives will say that black and black are the only appropriate shoes and belt for a job interview. I think they're just a little too boring.


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)