How to dress for an international development job interview

A man wearing a long-sleeve shirt and tie (top) and a woman wearing a headdress (bottom). Dressing for business meetings or job interviews can be a challenge for globe-trotting, culture-hopping aid workers. Photo by: Cezar Perelles and Ramzi Hashisho

Whether you’re an independent consultant from Islamabad preparing for a job interview with a U.S. donor, or a French NGO representative about to meet new development business partners in Manila — chances are you’ve found yourself wondering: What do I wear?

Dressing for business meetings or job interviews can be a challenge for globe-trotting, culture-hopping aid workers. True, the dilemma is common in any industry — but it is especially tricky in one that covers a diverse range of organizations and regions, such as international development.

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    Ingrid Ahlgren

    Ingrid is a Devex correspondent based in New York City. She worked as a staff writer for Vault.com from 2007 to 2009, helping to write guidebooks, including the "Vault Guide to the Top Government and Nonprofit Employers." Before moving to New York, she was a researcher for National Geographic Traveler magazine in Washington, D.C. Ingrid holds a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. As the daughter of a U.S. diplomat, she grew up all over the world.