Ask Belle: Interview Attire for Men
Apr 9, 2010
I’ve have a quick question that I was wondering if you could answer for me. I have an interview for an internship for a congressional office on Capitol Hill next Tuesday and wasn’t sure whether a suit jacket was necessary. I’d rather forgo the suit jacket, in my opinion. Is a suit jacket a must, or could I get away with trousers and a nice shirt and tie? What about if I substituted the suit jacket for a cardigan and tie? This would help a lot.
A cardigan and a tie? Oh little interns, they’re so cute and naive.
Yes, a suit jacket is absolutely necessary for an interview. In fact, if you have the full suit, I would wear that. But if all you have is a sport coat that will be fine too.
It’s one thing to wear the cardigan and tie to work once you get the internship, but it is entirely unacceptable to wear it to the interview. Especially when every other male candidate (and most of the women too) will be wearing a jacket.