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Dressing for an Interview

Dressing appropriately for an interview is an integral part of the hiring process. Though you don't always have to wear a suit, you should always look your best. We recommend dressing one step above what you would typically wear every day in your job. So if you will be wearing business casual, we recommend you wear a suit to the interview. If you will be wearing jeans every day to your job, dressing in a button down shirt and khakis (for men) or dress pants and a nice blouse (for women)would be appropriate for the interview. However, we always say it's better to overdress than underdress for an interview. You tend to feel your best when you look your best!

Here are some tips for dressing for an interview:

For women:

  • Avoid excessive make-up and jewelry. Conservative is usually best. Make sure that your hair style and color is also conservative and modern.
  • Do not use perfume or strong body washes/sprays.
  • Do not wear clothing that is too tight, shows cleavage, or is too short. Also avoid lace, sheer, and animal prints. If you choose to wear a skirt to your interview, it should hit right above the knee and you should wear pantyhose.
  • Do not wear open toed shoes or stilettos. You should be comfortable walking around in the shoes you choose and they should look polished.
  • The colors you select should not be overly loud or trendy. Suits should be black, gray, or navy. It is okay to add some color with your blouse, but it should not distract from your overall appearance.
  • Your fingernails should be well shaped and do not use nail polish (clear is acceptable).
  • Carry either a professional, conservative purse or attache case.

For men:

  • You should have clean, trimmed hair and facial hair.
  • Do not use cologne or a strong smelling aftershave.
  • If wearing a suit, choose gray, black, or navy with a coordinating shirt and professional tie.
  • Empty your pockets.
  • Wear a nice looking belt and matching shoes.
  • Carry a leather portfolio or briefcase.
  • Have clean, short nails.
  • Wear dress socks and polished dress shoes.

Tips for men and women:

  • SMILE!
  • Display good hygiene- be freshly showered and brush your teeth right before the interview if possible.
  • Do not chew gum or candy and do not smell like tobacco.
  • Make sure your clothing is free of wrinkles, tears, and stains.
  • Be cognizant of how tattoos and piercings will be accepted in your industry. It's typically advised to cover up all tattoos and take out any piercings that are not in the ears.
  • Try on your outfit several days in advance of the interview in case you need to buy new clothing or borrow clothing from a friend or family member.