Interview Attire Review
Your Professional Image
Flyaway or bizarre haircuts are out; make sure it is neat
Dressing to impress employers should be a crucial part and wellgroomed. (If you color your hair, it should be a
of your job search strategy. Although we may believe natural shadeno electric blue or neon green).
that no one should be judged by what they wear, the
reality is that employers do form an instant first impres Avoid wearing too much cologne or perfume.
Women, wear only one earring in each ear. Men, if you
Employers are not only concerned about your resume wear an earring, remove it before the meeting.
and interview, they are also aware of the image you pro
ject and often make a judgment on appearance within Limit other jewelry. Do not wear anything that dangles,
the first 30 seconds of meeting the candidate. clangs or is distracting.
They are looking to see if the candidate respects them Your hands and nails should be clean and trimmed. For
enough to confirm their perceived expectations. women, a manicure with conservative polish is recom
Whether we like it or not, how you dress is taken into mended.
consideration in hiring decisions. You want to have a
competitive edge, especially when it comes to making After you secure the job, you may be able to dress less
initial impressions. conservatively. For example, if you are applying for a
teaching position, few will expect you to wear a formal
Research the employer before the interview. Explore the suit each day on the job.
dress requirements typical of that career field. For ex
ample, Silicon Valley will call for a different image than If you have doubts about what you are considering
Wall Street. One way to gauge this is to dress in the wearing, then don’t wear it.
manner of the organization’s representatives.
Do not dress casual for any interview! Dress not for where you are but where you want to be.
An interview isn’t a beauty contest, but how you dress,
If you dress more formally, you may feel more comfort and your overall appearance, almost always gets no
able and prepared for an important interview. ticed by the interviewer.
Rumpled and wrinkled clothing is not appropriate. Be Don’t give the interviewer a chance to rule you out be
sure your clothes are clean, tailored and sharply cause you didn’t feel like ironing your shirt or polishing
pressed. (If you are driving to the interview, hang your your shoes.
jacket on a hanger in the car and put it on when you ar
rive). Dress in a businesslike professional manner, and you
will be sure to make a positive first impression.
Shoes should be polished, wellheeled, not scuffed, and
coordinated with your outfit.
Suggested Dress Code for Men Suggested Dress Code for Women
The Office of Career Services encourages men to wear Lean toward the conservative side with matching jacket,
traditional business attire. This means a conservative pants and/or skirts and use the same colors as men
dark navy, charcoal or black suit and a white long (navy, charcoal or black).
sleeved pressed dress shirt (even in summer).
We encourage you to dress for the position and know the
If you don’t own a suit, borrow one from a friend or con employer. Fashion, advertising and the arts often allow
sider investing in a high quality one. A tailored suit will more creativity than more traditional careers such as fi
last many years into your professional career. If you are nance, law and accounting, which favor conformity.
unable to obtain a suit, a conservative sports coat or
blazer and dress slacks are second best.
Project a professional image; even during “dress down”
days you should still look professional.
White shirts are always your first choice. Solid blue is an
acceptable alternative. Shoes
Shoes should be conservative; low to medium heels with
closed toes and closed heels are best. Keep shoes
cleaned and polished.
There is no short cut here, and if you get the job you will
probably need more than one anyway.
In terms of colors avoid wearing lighter colored shoes
especially if you are wearing a dark suit or dress.
Polished leather—lace up or tasseled loafers, black or
dark brown are best. Stay away from styles with buckles Navy and black are conservative colors and go with al
or chains. most anything.
Never wear tennis or sport shoes, nor white or tan Avoid tennis shoes or sandals. Wear a neutral shade
shoes. Avoid run down heels or holes in the soles. Keep that blends well with the color of your suit or shoes.
shoes cleaned and polished.
Socks Makeup should enhance your appearance.
Wear comfortable dark socks. Depending on the outfit
use black, dark gray, dark blue, but never white.
Avoid wearing any clothing, accessories, or jewelry that
might distract or draw attention to yourself rather than
Ties reinforcing your look as a professional.
Ties can make a statement about you. Conservative ties
are best. Be sure that ties coordinate well with the suit
and avoid flashy patterns; the interview is not a time to Earrings should look conservative—avoid large, dangling
prove what an individualist you are. styles.
If you wear nail polish, make sure it’s a subtle color and
Make sure the knot is neat and the tie comes to the top neatly done.
of your belt or slacks. Be sure the tie is wrinkle free.
Hair should be freshly cleaned and neatly styled. Long
Belts hair should be worn as conservatively as possible.
Wear a dark belt preferably black and conservative style.
It should have a clean functional buckle.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to look professional. If