Guide to dressing up for Interviews in Sri Lanka |

The basic advice to all job seekers about job interview clothing has been “Dress as though you have the job”. Nevertheless, it is best to research the organization, prior to the interview and dress according to the nature of work. Some companies allow employees to wear casual outfits, whilst majority companies dress formal.


Although your chatter, congeniality and knowledge are essential, the important factor of the final outcome will be your attire. Prompt characterization is the first impression and it will take only a few seconds for the interviewer to recognize a positive or negative opinion based on your appearance.


Knowing what to wear to a job interview is a common problem. Modern Fashion and Styles come and go, but a classic style should remain for both formal and informal interviews, and to make sure you choose the “winning” ensemble for the interview, read our simple guide below.


The formal interview

You should dress differently to what you would usually consider appropriate for work. If possible you could discretely find out what the employees of that particular organization is wearing in order to get a clear indication of what you should wear. Men have to wear slacks with shirt and tie and a suit or saree for women.



You have a choice between trouser/skirt suit and saree. However, skirts should not be more than ½” above the knee. Black, brown, navy blue or lighter plain colours could be perfect for the trouser or skirt teamed with pastel shade plain or stripe blouses. The saree should also be pleasing to the eye and not garish.


Shoes are also important. If the outfit is trouser or skirt, it’s advisable to wear covered shoes with a small heel that doesn’t make a clicking sound when you walk. Saree wearers could wear a sandal type high heel with rubber soles to prevent the sound.



It is good to wear cotton clothes in dark sober colours. Always ensure to match the shoe with the trouser. Black, shoes should be worn with black, blue or grey trousers and brown shoes with brown or beige trousers. It is best to choose leather shoes other than suede. Same rules apply to the belt too.


The tie should also match the trouser and shirt as it will complement altogether. It’s always best to match it with a single coloured tie. It is important to ensure that it doesn’t feature loud patterns or cartoon characters. The socks should also be the same as the tie as the interviewer will notice all this as you walk in.


Business casual

Some companies like to test how you portray social grace by setting up a business casual dress code. Both men and women could wear casual trousers and tops mixed and matched with appropriate ties with shoes could be less formal. However, if this is confusing just the follow the normal rules.


Jeans, trainers, t-shirts should not be worn whether business or casual.