What to wear for an interview depends on the job you are going for
WHAT TO WEAR FOR AN INTERVIEW DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU DO
The job you are seeking does dictate the clothing you should wear. From lawyers to artists, there is a business friendly attire that will help you in a job interview.
Who cares if they tell you that they all wear jeans? You should always be dressed for an interview nicer than you would be for an actual work day.
And when you are getting yourself prepped and ready for the appointment looking over your resume, researching the company, thinking up the questions you will ask, it is just as important to plan that outfit!
Dress to impress—it really does help you get the job!
WHAT IS BUSINESS CASUAL?
If they tell you to come in a business casual outfit you are most likely in a tech related field. You should set the jeans aside and get the khakis and polo's ready.
If you're already yawning learn how to jazz up a business casual outfit with a great leather jacket, and printed scarf, twill, classic oxfords and more. Keep it clean and keep it neat.
WHAT IS BUSINESS FORMAL?
It is probably exactly what you think. Suits, ties, blazers, jackets, and trousers. If you think you should put these threads on for your interview you are probably a lawyer, a banker, a sales person or in another role where your appearance can be used to help inspire tradition. The old saying "business suits are for doing business in" isn't a bad one!
IS THERE A MIDDLE GROUND?
There sure is! Business Creative - whatever you decide to call the threads you have on, you are someone with a more liberal policy than that stuffy law office. You're a writer, in advertising, maybe you work in design, or maybe you just don't like suits.
Business Creative is keeping the jacket (but not having to), losing the tie, and wearing fabrics that aren't made of the same thing.
LAST WORDS OF WISDOM
Always have some tailored (not tight) clothing on hand, and if it makes too much noise, makes you fidget, or makes you uncomfortable, for the love of God don't wear it.
Have nice shoes (clean ones), a classic watch, easy on the eyes - not gaudy jewelry, and lay that entire outfit out the night before the big day.
Now get out there and make a fantastic impression with your amazing appearance!