How to Dress for a Second Interview
By Renee Gerber
, last updated December 22, 2011
If you get asked back for a second interview with your potential employer, it is crucial that you look your best. It is essential to make a good first impression, and an even better second impression if you manage to score a second interview. This will show your prospective new employers that you are professional and that you are serious about working with them.
Keep in mind that second interviews often take place all day. This means you must choose clothing that is not only professional but you will be comfortable wearing it all day. You will not only meet with the person who interviewed you the first time, but with a few others as well, including the boss or President, Vice President or someone else of great importance in the organization.
If you are a man, you can explore the business casual option. A good pair of dark pants is acceptable to wear, and your shirt should be of the button down variety and can be white or another color. It can be striped, plain or have another type of pattern on it, as long as it is not too “loud”. It is also a good idea to wear a subtle tie that is in a dark or relaxed color. Always avoid loud colors that call extra attention.
Business suits are another good choice for your second interview attire. If you are comfortable wearing a suit all day, choose one that is in a neutral or subtle color, such as black, gray or navy blue. You can always take off your jacket if you get warm. Make sure to also wear a good pair of dress shoes that match your clothing. Black is the best color to wear, as it goes with everything.
If you are a woman, you can also wear a business suit. These are available with slacks or a skirt, so be sure to select the one that makes you feel most comfortable. Avoid wearing skirts that are anything higher than an inch or two above the knee. Make sure the color of the suit is subtle and professional, such as black, gray, taupe, brown or navy blue. Wear a shirt that is white and crisp, with buttons.
Be sure to wear a pair of shoes that are going to feel comfortable on your feet all day long. If you do not regularly wear high heels, you should avoid wearing them on your second interview. Sandals should be left at home as well. Opt for a good pair of loafer type shoes or lower-heeled boots if the weather is appropriate. A pair of flats that is in good condition is also a great choice.
No matter what your gender, make sure your attire is in good condition. It should be properly ironed and pressed, and of course, clean. Your shoes should be in good condition as well, polished if need be, and never scuffed. Remember, you are trying to make the best impression you can!