Sign up for Email Alerts

Integrated Solutions Lead
San Antonio, TX

Advanced knowledge of programming language(s), software development tools and environment(s) and systems analysis and functional design

PHOTO HUNT: What NOT to Wear on an Interview

March 7, 2013
PHOTO HUNT:  What NOT to Wear on an Interview

In our post ‘What NOT to Wear on an Interview’, we offered tips on the top fashions to avoid when heading to an interview.

Now it’s time to put YOU to the test! 

Can you spot the four items in each picture to avoid when preparing your interview attire?!


what not to wear in job interview

What Not to Wear on Interview


Scroll down to see the answers!















what not to wear on job interview

what not to wear on job interview

Related Articles: 

About the author

KforceKforce is a professional staffing and solutions firm providing flexible and permanent placement services, as well as outsourcing solutions, in the skill areas of technology, finance & accounting, healthcare and government. Kforce operates in more than 60 offices throughout the United States and one in the Philippines.

Archived Posts

Comments (35) -


Adam United States
3/19/2013 11:58:41 AM #

There's nothing wrong with wearing colors to an interview--it's 2013, not 1952. (As a sidenote, I would be far more likely to be offended by the interviewer's bright blue coat than by the interviewee's pink top.) I also take umbrage with the notion that merely having facial hair indicates subpar grooming. The gentleman's beard looks pretty well-trimmed to me.

The other six faux pas are still relevant, though. I can't believe anyone would apply for a professional job with sunglasses on top of his/her head.

Maria Y. Vela

Maria Y. Vela United States
3/19/2013 1:30:25 PM #

Heavy makeup, including heavy like false lashes, overdone eyeshadow.
Talking too much.
Talking about other things other than business.

David Richardson

David Richardson United States
3/19/2013 2:51:59 PM #

Don't think there are too many companies that would be foolish enough to throw away a experienced tech over whether he had a tie or not....


marte United States
3/19/2013 3:14:47 PM #

I guarantee that I could wear anything I wanted, hair or no hair, shoes or no shoes, makeup or no makeup, dreadlocks, braids, mohawk, buzzcut, stinky body odor, ANYTHING - if I were a javascript expert. I know this, because I have worked with ALL of the above.

joe banana

joe banana United States
3/19/2013 3:40:08 PM #



Mark United States
3/19/2013 3:43:02 PM #

It's troubling that anyone would find this helpful

Ed Borne

Ed Borne United States
3/19/2013 3:51:29 PM #

4 OF FIVE because the guy could have at least buttoned up the shirt and jacket and appeared much neater. Keeping his hands off the desk would further make him look trimmer.

Humberto Aleman

Humberto Aleman United States
3/19/2013 3:52:48 PM #

No matter what do you wear, how do you look, the fact and most important thing that hapens to me is that I'm pretty sure I pass the interview.  Right clothes, good position, firm response, very sharp.   and guess what, my last three interviews the person ask me about mi overseas title (Degree).   they ask or want for US degrees.  and let me tell you something.  I'm pretty proud of My University, my collegue, the day to day work shows me that as per I gain my degree overseas, I have more experience than my coworkers do my job in best mode,  and good conditions.
that's why I said, no matter what do you use, or wear here the focus is that they think overseas Universities don't count........ALL TEHY AARE WRONG !

Uma Kolandai

Uma Kolandai United States
3/19/2013 3:55:06 PM #

This was a good reinforcement of what most business professionals already know. I am looking for a Java Developer position. Please let me know of any opportunities.

Thank you


Anna United States
3/19/2013 4:13:28 PM #

I call BS on the bright color.  A bright color under a blazer would be completely appropriate.

Blane Barbour

Blane Barbour United States
3/19/2013 4:55:17 PM #

Hello, I have to comment on the above article. All is correct except gentleman seems to be groomed well. What you are saying, is that any facial hair is considered "Poorly Groomed". That is incorrect. His facial hair is groomed well.


Duh United States
3/19/2013 6:14:39 PM #

it's all subjective.  First picture.  Hate to say it, but she's hot.  Might work depending on who's interviewing her.  Know your audience.  That said, don't take any chances and err on the side of conservative,

Get most of what is said in the second picture, but is facial hair an indication of "poorly groomed"?   Looks like he trimmed it ok to me.  Again, subjective.  Good thing he wasn't showing any tats.  Surprised they didn't mention hiding those, too.


Duh United States
3/19/2013 6:23:39 PM #

P.S.  Don't look fat or like a typical American.  They'll assume you're lazy.  Kudos if this gets past "moderation".  In which case, keep reading.

Diane Millar

Diane Millar United States
3/19/2013 7:01:48 PM #

I would be very surprised if anyone is so ignorant as to show up to an interview dressed in that type of attire.


duh United States
3/19/2013 7:03:32 PM #

no kidding.  Why don't you spend time teaching hr and hiring managers how to pick people for interviews.  If you are picking people who show up looking like that, then you are clueless on how to  review resumes and backgrounds.  

Tony Pelliccio

Tony Pelliccio United States
3/19/2013 7:10:21 PM #

Oh this was easy. Having been on both sides of the interview table I know how to dress. Black or gray suit, polished shoes, no flashy jewelry, phone muted, and for color a tie.

mike w

mike w United States
3/19/2013 7:20:53 PM #

This is sooooo off base for IT folks. Ties? what world r u from?


curtis United States
3/19/2013 7:24:53 PM #

wearing bright colors to an interview is always a good idea because it makes you more approachable.  A good idea would be to wear a bright shirt and darker accessories jacket or pants. If men where a bright shirt like all colors of blue, white, yellow, pink they all make a statement. You will have some say you are sharp very well dress and makes you stand out in a croud as well as cream resume paper. This will get you the job or the second interview

Jon Schutte

Jon Schutte United States
3/19/2013 8:01:50 PM #

I don't like the fact that facial hair is somehow considered to be poor grooming. It is perfectly natural and if well-maintained, makes men look more... well... manly. If anything, it's an expression of individuality that should be encouraged, not discouraged.

Frank DeLeo

Frank DeLeo United States
3/19/2013 9:22:06 PM #

Years ago I walk into a interview dressed like Bob Dylan, the company was going to hire

karen Smith

karen Smith United States
3/19/2013 9:43:16 PM #

On Good Morning America they had a segment on dress for interviewing. They said put on a vest w/ a "pop" of bright color to stand out.

Sue Moss

Sue Moss United States
3/19/2013 9:59:15 PM #

I disagree with the tip "no bright colors at an interview."  If you are in professional attire, bright colors express enthusiasm, optimism and flair.

Professionalism will always be "in" but the bright colors thing is very passe.


Jim_B United States
3/19/2013 10:24:48 PM #

Sorry but I disagree with the tie part.  That really depends on the company.  If you are applying for a tech position at a tech company I wouldn't wear one, and when I've interviewed technical staff for senior tech positions, I've counted it as strike 1.  Business casual is how I dress and I expect the applicant to dress the way he'd come to work.  To me it shows you've done no work to see if this is a company you'd fit in to.

Information Worker

Information Worker United States
3/19/2013 10:26:35 PM #

This "advice" is far too basic to be of any use to professionals.  Seriously, if your company is attempting to place anybody who goes to interviews this way, you are aiming far too low for the present job market.  Instead of publishing this incredibly obvious "advice", you are better off letting these candidates weed themselves out of the process until they have acquired better training or gotten some experience from the ground up.

David Silverberg

David Silverberg United States
3/20/2013 9:01:57 AM #

As the managing editor of a newspaper covering Congress in Washington DC some years ago, I interviewed candidates for our summer intern program. We had many very bright and eager candidates from some of the best colleges apply and selected some outstanding interns.

As in any job interview, successful candidates came for their appointments dressed appropriately and professionally. But I will never forget one time when a a candidate came for his interview dressed in a sweat suit. It was as though he had been jogging by the office and decided to stop up on a whim.

Now, I'm not a very formal dresser myself, although we managers did wear ties, and I didn't enforce a dress code in the newsroom. But even I was surprised at how offended I was by this young man's lack of care or consideration. His sloppiness bespoke a lack of interest or seriousness in the position and even a contempt for the newspaper where he was interviewing. At a time when I was considering students from around the country who were making real efforts to work at our newspaper--sometimes at great sacrifice--this young man's dress seemed to indicate total indifference to the position we were offering.  Nothing else he said or anything he offered changed my initial impression.

I turned him down for the position and bluntly explained why. He was stunned. He truly didn't realize that dressing appropriately for an interview was an important part of the interview process. I told him that internships were all about learning and he had just learned an important lesson.

I bet he wore a tie to his next interview.

Evelyn G. Gardiner

Evelyn G. Gardiner United States
3/20/2013 9:45:03 AM #

These were pretty obvious to me; been at it a long time.  But it is amazing to look at so many young people who show up for interviews in clothes that they feel are okay, but are simply inappropriate.  Parents are failing to pass along too many traditions and common-sense ways of thinking, and etiquette has become an unknown quantity in this "for me" and "to me" culture.


Mark United States
3/20/2013 1:14:10 PM #

Do West coast interviews still require a tie, since your interviewers will not be wearing one for most tech. companies?

Dennis Arrigan

Dennis Arrigan United States
3/20/2013 2:27:05 PM #

Are neck ties a must. What if you have a nice dress shirt and  well fitted sports jacket without the tie?


Suzie United States
3/20/2013 6:27:58 PM #

If you're applying for a fashion job during the summer, I think the female's attire is quite appropriate.  If you're applying for a Real Estate sales job in Malibu, I'd have no problem with the sunglasses.   The t-shirt collar poking out from behind the shirt looked tacky to me.

If you're applying for a job in downtown Los Angeles, a matched suit is mandatory for men and women. The Westside is a little more casual-I see lots of women in dresses as opposed to suits in Century City.  Nothing worse than folds of fat showing through a knit garment-nothing should show above, below or through.  If you have fat bulging out from the sides of your knees, cover it with pants or a longer skirt.


Laura United States
3/21/2013 9:20:54 PM #

The Gentleman:
Why is he looking away from the interviewer and have a perplexed look on his face?
A less wrinkled shirt would be his best bet.
He seems interested in note taking and does not rely on his memory alone, the true mark of a studious worker.
Dump the poorly sized jacket for a vest.

The Lady:
A short sleeved jacket would be the perfect outer garment.
Her smile is delightful especially since women seldom reflect happiness.


Ken United States
3/23/2013 2:11:29 PM #

Of course if you have a skill that is difficult to find and you are by far the best candidate in terms of skills then you will probably get hired even if you dress like a slob. However if you are competing against someone that has a little less technical skill but dresses and accts more professional they might get hired. It is easier for a manager to train a person than it is for them to change your attitude and commitment to your crier.

Do you honestly want to be the one who gets the rejection letter because you were too stupid to show respect for the interviewer and demonstrate your commitment to your career by doing a simple thing like dressing for success instead of wearing those jeans or a revealing dress? Or do you have to much pride to go to an interview dressed in a respectful way instead of dressing like a slob wearing jeans.


Fran United States
3/23/2013 3:09:46 PM #

I disagree about the facial hair on the man.  If a beard is properly well groomed and well defined on the face, it is acceptable today.  But a beard like the Smith Brothers, of course, is not.  But the example you used is not good.  He has a modified beard and it appears from the picture to be well cropped and groomed.  


Epickett United States
3/24/2013 9:19:32 PM #

Jim B: you are one of the few who would mark DOWN a person who wore a tie.  Most career sites suggest wearing a tie to the interview even if the 'working' dress code is business casual.


Mark Canada
3/29/2013 1:17:51 PM #

The whole point of dressing appropriately is to demonstrate that you have respect for your interviewers.  It matters not what the interviewers "might" wear to the interview, as long as what you're wearing shows to them that you care about the job interview, and the place where you might be working.  What you actually wear to the job after you get the job is an entirely different matter.

As for appropriate colors at the are not trying to impress anyone at your interview with your sense of high fashion...this isn't the point.  What you are trying to avoid is giving anyone in your interview (particularly the fashionista or fashion police) any ammunition to single you out for elimination.  For color choices one should select the most conservative colors possible, this way you are not going to draw negative attention to your attire.


Djoye United States
5/13/2013 2:38:33 PM #

Arguing the changes in cultural norms won't change the interviewer's notions which are totally subjecting. May as well do your best to be subdued and give "them" what they want until you get what you "deserve."

Add comment

  Country flag

  • Comment
  • Preview

Kforce is a professional staffing and solutions firm providing flexible and permanent placement solutions in the skill areas of technology, finance & accounting and healthcare. Kforce operates in more than 60 offices located throughout the United States and one office in the Philippines.
About this blog
Knowledge Employed is a career advice blog and job tips resource center, created and managed by Kforce’s staffing specialists. Whether you are a professional needing career advice or a hiring authority seeking business guidance, our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and tools.