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Question What to wear for Interviews

Well Hello everyone!! Its been a while since i posted here. Hope you all are doing good.

SO i know its a little early, but what do we wear to the interviews? SUIT is what people ususlly respond, is that absolutely a must? Is it ok we(girls) wear a formal dress instead? or does everyone just wear a suit?

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It is best to stay with the norms, play it safe and wear a suit.

You don't wanna be like that guy, who stands out because he wore a bow tie or a tuxedo on the interview.

I myself bought a graphite colored suit , two Plain shirts in sky blue and white and a pair of black shoes.

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thanks. But i look funny is a suit thats why i wask looking for an alternative.The suits with skirts are kay though right?
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thanks. But i look funny is a suit thats why i wask looking for an alternative.The suits with skirts are kay though right?
Yes, suit with skirt or Pants is Okay.
This is an article about female attire from SDN :
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Suits

Quite simply, the safest thing for a female applicant to wear is a suit. This can either be a pant suit or a skirt suit of an appropriate length. For women, pant suits are regarded as slightly more casual when compared to skirt suits. Nevertheless, it is completely appropriate to wear a pant suit, and many applicants choose to do so as they can be more practical.
If opting for the skirt suit, itís important to keep a few things in mind. The conservative, appropriate length should be to the knees. A short skirt can be distracting to both you and the interviewer. Also, remember that skirts hike up a bit when you sit down so what may look borderline when standing can become inappropriate when seated.
For skirt suits, the cut of the skirt should be narrow and not flared. This provides clean, professional lines. However, the cut should not inhibit your ability to walk. Many schools finish the interview day with walking tours of the campus.
Color

There are four completely safe colors for womenís suits. They are: navy blue, black, grey and beige. All these colors are worn and there really arenít any prescribed norms or tabooís when it comes to choosing between them. This is not always the case with menís suits. You can feel confident in choosing any of these colors for your suit.
Blouse

This is the other central feature of a womanís suit. There is some variability here, which you can use to cater to your style. For starters, the blouse should be a solid color, be long sleeved and have a collar. A button up blouse is more traditional but is not a requisite. Blouses should be sufficiently opaque.
Some blouses are designed to be tucked into the pants or skirt, while others are not. If you choose a blouse that is not to be tucked in, then keep in mind that it must not be too long to peek out below your suit coat, nor should it be so short as to reveal any skin.
Color

As a general rule, the color of your blouse should always be lighter than the color of the suit. You could choose white, cream, or light blue as appropriate options with any of the afore mentioned suits colors.
Hosiery

If wearing a skirt suit, it is best to avoid bare legs. This is not only more formal but can also be nice in the cold months of the interview season. The simplest choice is a pair of flesh colored hose. This will obviously differ depending on your skin tone. Fish-net style hosiery are not appropriate for the interview.
Shoes

Although not mandatory, closed toed shoes are preferred over open toed shoes, as they are more professional. My recommendation is a pair of closed toe pumps that match the color of your suit or are darker. If you choose pumps with heels, donít go any taller than 1.5 inches. As you consider what shoes to wear donít forget to factor in comfort. Interview days can be long and some applicants are forced to travel in their suits. Thereís nothing worse than trying to look and feel comfortable during an interview when your feet hurt from a day of wearing uncomfortable shoes.
Accessories

Basically, less is more. It is acceptable to wear ear rings or a necklace. However, avoid flashy or chunky jewelry. Stud ear rings tend to be most appropriate. Some women feel comfortable wearing a thin chain necklace or a simple pearl (fake or real) necklace. This is fine. It is okay to wear finger nail polish if you would like. Itís preferred that the color not draw undo attention to your nails.
Wearing makeup is absolutely appropriate for an interview. It is difficult to offer specific advice in this area but keep in mind that excess is to be avoided. Makeup should accentuate the real you, not define it. It is best to choose colors and applications that compliment your skin tones and convey a professional appearance.
Bottom Line for Women

Here is an example of a basic, safe bet for your interview attire:
  • Navy blue skirt or pants suit (knee length)
  • White or cream colored button down blouse (solid colored)
  • Flesh toned stockings
  • Black, closed toe pumps with heels less than 1.5 inches
  • Make up and accessories that are simple and display professionalism
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you're a girl. you can get away with whatever and no one will say anything. its guys that have no freedom in what to wear and will hear sh!t for stepping one inch out of the norm.

dress as you would for rotations in the hospital. professional attire. it doesn't have to be a suit, but i wouldn't say go as casual as a dress. skirt and a shirt, something along those lines is just fine.
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