A question we get fairly often is asking what a technician should wear to a job interview.

From a technician’s standpoint, the first thing that you need to understand is that there isn’t an exact answer to this. Based on the various Facebook groups I look through, lots of people seem to have their opinions on the subject — many of which are different.

That should tell you all you need to know. The hiring manager’s preference is going to vary based on their own style. Some people don’t care if you come in with an oily uniform or jeans and a t-shirt while others prefer their potential employees to come in more professionally.

Rather than trying to guess what the personality of the person is going to be, error on the side of caution.

What to Wear to a Technician Job Interview

For the guys, we recommend the following interview attire:

  • Collared shirt (button-up or polo), pressed
  • Slacks, pressed
  • Nice, clean shoes with a matching belt
  • Neutral colors, no bold prints
  • Easy on the cologne and aftershave

For the ladies, we recommend the following interview attire:

  • Fitted blazer and button-up shirt or blouse, pressed
  • Tailored pants, pressed
  • Flat or low heel shoes
  • Neutral colors, no bold prints
  • Subtle jewelry
  • Easy on the perfume

Regardless of what you wear, make sure that the presentation of your clothing is as good as can be. I’ve seen folks walk in for an interview with a nice shirt and slacks, only to have them be wrinkled and not tucked in. The sloppy look completely defeats the purpose of wearing those items. I’d take a clean and pressed shirt and jeans over that any day of the week.

We’re trying to give our profession a more professional name. By doing that, we gain the ability to get paid more and treated with more respect. We can take some huge steps in gaining those things by simply dressing well for an interview.

Of course, opinions on interview attire vary, but I’d rather error on the side of being overdressed than under… Especially as we’re trying to change the narrative on who we are as an industry.