How Teens Should Dress for an Interview

Teens on the hunt for their first job sometimes feel challenged when it comes to deciding what to wear to that all-important interview. How well you dress for the interview is just as important as how you handle the interviewer's questions. The interview dress code for teens depends on the type of position for which you are interviewing, but you always want to look professional, polished and confident. There are certain items you want as a part of your ensemble, and others that you should avoid altogether.

Things You'll Need

  • Button-down shirt with collar
  • Slacks
  • Oxfords or loafers
  • Belt
  • Iron or clothes steamer
  • Watch

Instructions

    • 1

      Choose comfortable, clean and professional attire. Have your parents help you choose a button-down shirt, ideally with long sleeves but, for summertime interviews, short sleeves are generally OK. Girls can also pick a sweater, cardigan or blouse with a conservative neckline. Guys will want pressed slacks, and girls can wear slacks or a skirt that comes to mid-knee or longer. Make sure your choices fit properly.

    • 2

      Lean toward neutral and darker colors like khaki, browns, blues and grays. If your interview happens to be right after school, pack a backup outfit just in case the first one gets dirty. Girls can play with colors a bit, but try to stick to soft pinks, purples or greens.

    • 3

      Step into your interview with a clean pair of shoes. Girls can go with a low heel if they prefer, but simple non-slip loafers or Oxfords will suffice. Remove any debris from the soles and buff away any scuffs that may be on the tops, sides or back.

    • 4

      Remove any facial piercings. Girls should limit themselves to one earring in each ear, and guys are fine with just a watch. Guys can wear an earring or two if it fits in with the culture of the business, but it is usually recommended that you wait until you are on the payroll. Rings on the hands should be restricted to one each.

Tips & Warnings

  • Have your clothes pressed and lightly starched before your interview. Also, be sure your socks match and your nails are clean and trimmed.
  • Avoid jeans, busy patterns and prominent logos as they will distract the interviewer from your personality. And please make sure your cell phone is turned off and left in your bag or car. Do not wear it holstered on your hip.
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References

  • "Can I Wear my Nose Ring to the Interview?: A Crash Course in Finding, Landing, and Keeping Your First Real Job"; Ellen Gordon Reeves; 2009
  • "5 Steps to Professional Presence"; Susan Bixler and Lisa Scherrer Dugan; 2006

Resources

  • Photo Credit Business man image by Christopher Hall from Fotolia.com

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