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Dress for Success

  • Research the employer before the interview and learn about the dress requirements typical of that career field, and if possible, that specific employer.
  • Ask to receive an itinerary of your interview beforehand to make appropriate decisions of what you should wear.
  • Some employers encourage business casual for the interview, but be sure to check first and avoid making a mistake.

 Recommended for Men

  1. Dark suit or dress pants and jacket - best colors: Navy, Black, Gray, or Taupe
  2. Shined leather shoes - tassel loafers, wing tip, or lace-up in black, brown, or cordovan
  3. Belt should coordinate with your shoes and wear socks that coordinate with pants
  4. Clean, well-groomed hands and nails
  5. Conservative tie that coordinates with outfit, tied just long enough to cover the belt buckle
  6. Solid cotton blend shirt with plain or button down pressed collar - make sure it is a good fit
  7. Avoid flashy cuff links, rings or neck chains.
  8. Avoid cologne
  9. Avoid visible tatoos

Recommended for Women

  1. Pant suit, dress suit or tailored dress - best colors: Navy, Black, Gray, or Taupe
  2. Skirts should be no shorter than 1 - 2 inches above the knee and avoid extreme slits
  3. Polished and closed toed shoes or basic dark pumps with medium or low heels (1 - 2 inch heels)
  4. Nail polish should be subtle - fingernails well groomed
  5. Make-up should be minimal
  6. Folio, briefcase, or professional bag with small purse is recommended
  7. Simple, basic jewelry - one bracelet or watch per arm, one ring per hand (with the exception of the wedding set)
  8. Always wear hosiery and keep color neutral
  9. Avoid wearing fragrances
  10. Avoid visible tattoos

Career Services' staff is happy to advise you on dressing appropriately for an interview - especially an on-campus interview. Information and handouts are available at the Career Resource Center to help you learn what attire is appropriate. Career Services also provides a Dress for Success Closet for students. Students can shop and chose a complimentary outfit for an interview from the closet. When in doubt, dress professionally.

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