Proper Attire: To Suit or Not to Suit? That is the Question by UrbanInterns


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									Proper Attire: To Suit or Not to Suit? That is the Question

Preview: [ After applying for Internships, you now have an interview. But what do you wear?
Always a suit or can you go more relaxed? Here's some tips for job seekers ]

You found an internship opportunity at a great company. Your resume has been reviewed, you’ve
had an initial conversation or two and you’re gearing up for the next stage: The Interview. You
have one singular focus when you walk through that door – convincing your potential boss that
you are the intern for the job.

You’ve done your homework, mastered your speech on why you’re the top intern on the block,
and you’re ready to go. But wait, before you walk out the door – perhaps the biggest question of
all – what are you going to wear? Do you need to wear a suit? Can you even find your suit? And
perhaps more importantly, where exactly is the line between showing that you’re interested and
excited about the internship but that you also understand the culture of the business?

Let us start by saying that if you’re interviewing at a bank, a law firm, an accounting firm, that suit
better be pressed and ready to go. But do the same rules apply for that great social media
internship at the hot new Internet company? Not necessarily.

How do you dress to impress for your internship interview?

We asked career expert Lindsey Pollak ( and Jodi Glickman, President
of Great on the Job ( for their two cents on the topic. Here are some tips
from these two masters:

       Neatness counts: Regardless of what you wear, being neat and put together is a
        must. Even if you decide to go business casual, or even just plain casual, make sure that
        your presentation is still put together and professional. And steer clear of anything too
        tight or revealing!

       Just ask: Don’t be afraid to ask about the dress code for the organization. Truth be told,
        we don’t know many startups and small-mid size businesses where suits are the norm,
        but if you have any questions about the dress code, why not ask up front.

       Be versatile: if you don’t feel comfortable asking or are still left confused by the answer
        you receive, try something versatile that will allow for a last minute adjustment. For
        example, a suit where you can quickly take off the jacket or a dress that you can under-
        accessorize in a minute.

And no matter what you decide, walk through the door with your head held high. Above all, you
want to convey with confidence that when you’re hired as an intern, your boss can count on you
for a job well done.

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