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5 Outfits You Should Not Wear to an Interview

Post Author Eryka Cazenave
Aug 5, 2019 5:20:00 AM
Career Tips
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When dressing for a job interview, how you present yourself is critical! Not only is your interview outfit a contributing factor to your first impression with a potential employer, but it also is a matter of personal pride. Arriving to an interview appearing disheveled, distracting, or disinterested can signal red flags to an interviewer. If you commit any of these fashion faux pas, you could be silently screaming, "Don't hire me!" 

Check out this list of 5 outfits you should not wear to a job interview.


Most interview fashion faux pas fit nicely into 5 main categories. The types of interview outfits you should not wear are ones that are distracting to the interviewer, reveal too much of yourself, let off an offensive odor, do not properly fit, or are far too casual for an interview.

Some common interview outfit mistakes include:

1. Distractions

Interview distractions can come in many forms. Your interview outfit should not be one of them. Steer clear of sporting these interview accessories as they will all detract from your interviewer's attention.

  • Massive amounts of loud jewelry
  • Loud prints and colors
  • Offensive body art
  • Headphones

2. Revealing

You should always be cognizant of hemlines, necklines, and the amount of skin you are showing during an interview. It is best to show off your  skill-set rather than your physical assets during a job interview.

  • Short skirts or shorts
  • Low rise trousers or low cut blouses
  • Visible under garments
  • Visible midriffs

3. Smelly

Your personal scent should not be the lasting impression you leave in an interview room. If you're wondering what direction to go with the type of scent you wear to an interview, remember- less or none is best.

  • Strong perfume or cologne
  • Dirty clothing
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Feces on shoes

4. Ill-Fitting

When interviewing, it is best to wear clothing that does not leave you constantly readjusting yourself. Be sure to wear clothes that not only look the best, but also make you feel your very best. You might be surprised at the confidence you exude in a well-fitting interview outfit. 

  • Too long or too short bottoms
  • Too wide or too tight tops
  • Low cut blouses
  • Low rise pants

5. Casual

We've saved the best for last! Casual wear may be one of the top offenders when it comes to what not to wear to an interview. You should not look like you've just left the gym or you're headed to a rock concert in the middle of your interview. Avoid wearing these articles of clothing to your next interview.

  • Athleisure
  • Flip flops
  • Baseball caps
  • Ripped jeans
  • Pajamas


Depending on your career field, your clothing choices may not be top priority. However, when you are going to an interview, the clothing you wear must be considered. Take pride in your personal appearance and remember these tips on what not to wear to a job interview and you'll be just fine! For more interview tips and tricks, check out the MAU Career Tips Blog.

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