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How To: Dress for an Interview

As the saying goes,

first impression counts,
last impression lasts.

But first things first! First impression! The moment you step into a room, eyes will scan you from head to toe, inspecting your clothes, how well you’re groomed, the confidence you carry right down to your little fingernails that was left untrimmed! Not to mention the remnants left in them.

no booger picking!

Basically, you’re scanned head to toe much like a MRI scan.


Whether you are applying for an entry-level position or a manager’s job, what you wear stirs up the thoughts of the interviewer on how you carry yourself.

‘Never judge a book by its cover’ ain’t true for an interview.
You’re always first judged by your appearance!

The dressing of male applicants is pretty standard. A navy, black or white suit paired with brogues and a briefcase. That’s the kind of males I see on those Yahoo! Careers page (or on television).

But I don’t think it’s really applicable for a fresh graduate. That’s too high of an expectation on a male’s dressing! Well, for 20 year olds. I can see 35 year olds styled as the above mentioned.

As for a fresh graduate, newly out from the Polytechnic or University, basic grooming with a solid shirt and pants are more than good enough. A well ironed long sleeved shirt with a buttoned up, a tie that complements the colour of your shirt, and a pair of black trousers that fits you nicely around the waist and legs.

Don’t come off as a sloppy, hard worker who doesn’t give himself a chance of hygiene. Look clean! Shave that little stubble which God knows why you’re saving that for (I know it attracts the chicks but not that old lady interviewing you). Prep up handsomely for your interview with prospective employers!

Here are the Dos and Don’ts when prepping for an interview:

Shirt and pants


Do iron your clothes. PLEASE iron your cloths. ‘Please’ is an understatement in fact.
It should be a warning.

or else...

Walking out of the house with wrinkle creases dominating your shirt and trousers is a sight for sore eyes. Not only does the crumpled ensemble look sloppy, it shows the microscopic amount of effort you displayed in dressing up for what is the pinnacle of your livelihood.


‘nuff said.

Wear a long sleeved shirt in a solid colour. To avoid colour clashing, stick to black pants.
Every colour goes well with black. Please don’t prove me wrong.

Tie? To appear more professional, put on a tie. Opt for a solid black tie.

Shoes? Leather shoes and shined! Never wear white socks with black shoes.
Black and navy socks will do the trick.


Posture straight, chest out and slap on a big (genuine) smile on that face of yours!
Smile like you’ve gotten the job.
Be polite and exchange a handshake (and greeting) with your prospective employer.

After the interview, thank the interviewers for their time and shake hands again.


the deadfish handshake

While exchanging handshakes. Always have a firm grip. Not a limp, dead and weak handshake.
A firm handshakes shows your confidence you have in yourself.



It never hurts to ask when you’re unsure. From work attire to your job scope in the company, it’s good to extract relevant information regarding the job culture and policies before accepting the offer.

When you receive a call to turn up for an interview, politely ask for the dress code when in doubt.


Don't go 'um' and 'ah'.
Think of some questions you have for your interviewer and prepare some answers for the potential questions that you might be asked. 'Um', 'ah', 'like' and 'well' make you sound unsure of your own answers. Take a little pause after the question to think of what to say. It shows that you take an effort to think before you talk.


Your true self.

Okay, not literally be YOU because if that were the case, the unemployment rate would sky rocket.
Know when to act dignified and proper, especially during an interview. Don't be too tensed up. After all, your employer wants someone who can get along well with people instead of a ice sculpture.

Take much effort in dressing up. That appearance can destroy what your resume has ‘built’ of you. When in doubt,

Suit up! Because Barney Stinson says so.

Flesh Imp Team

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