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How To Dress Up For A Personal Interview?
November 06 2023

Deciding what to wear to an interview is often a stressful part of the preparation process. Successful personal interviews depend on both how well you answer questions and how you present yourself. That’s why a smart, pulled-together appearance can help convince the B-School Panelists that you’re a great fit for the Institute and can even increase your chances of selection.

There is no specific dress code for the top B-School Interviews. But we all have heard this saying;- “First Impression is the Last Impression” and this holds particularly true in the corporate sector. So you always want to dress perfect to make the best first impression, but the outfit you choose depends entirely on you! No matter whatever outfit you choose, keep in mind that you should dress up as someone confident, comfortable, and smart.

Are you confused about what you should wear in your personal interview? No worries, here are some tips that can help you out!


Some Tips on “What should you wear for Personal Interview Round?” :-

(P.S: Keep it formal!)

For Boys:

  • You can opt for a Business suit with a tie
  • You can also choose Business suit without tie
  • You can wear a Shirt with tie
  • You can also prefer to wear a Shirt without tie
  • Simple and plain wristwatches are also okay
  • Choose dark-coloured, freshly-polished leather shoes like brown or black loafers, lace-up dress shoes, or other professional closed-toe shoe that compliments your outfit
  • Be sure to wear mid-calf length socks that match the colour of your trousers
  • Keep your hairstyle professional and classic (Hair should be perfectly combed)



Things to keep in mind:

  1. Wear light colours. Keep it plain and simple.
  2. Avoid black coloured tops/shirts/t-shirts. No half-sleeve shirts.
  3. No beard or it should be perfectly trim. (i.e- not pointed) (Especially for Delhi, Punjab, Haryana boys)
  4. Lighting should be perfect for online interviews. (Invest 1500 -2000 rupees and buy a good ring light)
  5. No fancy & trendy watches. (Avoid show off)
  6. Avoid casual t-shirts and shorts. Make sure you are wearing collared shirts with long full sleeves.
  7. Avoid athletic shoes & socks. No fancy footwear.
  8. Avoid very strong and heavy perfume or cologne.
  9. Avoid hairstyles that are too fashionable and look rebellious or unprofessional. Keep your hairstyle natural and simple!



For Girls:

  • You can opt to wear a Business suit (jacket/blazer) – (same as above image)
  • You can also choose to wear a Shirt (long full sleeves)
  • You can even wear a Saree (only if you can carry it well)
  • You can also prefer to wear a suit with a dupatta
  • Simple accessories like a wristwatch with a leather or metal band are fine
  • Keep your jewellery choices simple and professional
  • Choose dark-coloured formal shoes or black/brown/tan bellies
  • Keep your hairstyle professional and polished (You can either opt for a more formal style or choose a natural look)



Things to keep in mind:

  1. Light shades always work best. No bright or flashy colours.
  2. Avoid chunky, large or distracting bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Instead, wear simple hoop or stud earrings, a delicate necklace and one or two simple bracelets that don’t jangle.
  3. If you wear nail polish, make sure it’s unchipped and in a classic, muted colour.
  4. Avoid fancy, trendy & big wristwatches. (No show off)
  5. Avoid Flip flops and other open-toed sandals. Avoid very high heels or too trendy footwear.
  6. Avoid Tank tops or shirts with thin straps. Avoid shorts.
  7. Avoid Skirts or dresses that are too short. Don’t wear shirts with low necklines or trendy shirts that expose your belly.
  8. Avoid very strong and heavy perfume or cologne.
  9. Avoid excess make-up or too trendy & heavy hairstyles. Try to keep it more low-key than all-out. Remember You’re going to a professional interview, not a wedding!


Final Step: Do a Dress Rehearsal (Before your Actual Interview)

Try on your complete outfit a few days ahead of the interview to ensure everything fits properly and looks clean and professional. Do a mock interview with a friend or family member while wearing your interview outfit to see how it fits and feels. The night before, check one last time for any wrinkles, stains, holes or pet hair.



Apart from this, “confidence is the most essential outfit to wear for your interview.”

Believe in Yourself! Be the Best Version of Yourself!

When in doubt, always remember why you started in the first place!

“Dress Up Perfectly and Ace your Interview in Style! All the best!”

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