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
- Dark suit or dress pants and jacket - best colors: Navy, Black, Gray, or Taupe
- Shined leather shoes - tassel loafers, wing tip, or lace-up in black, brown, or cordovan
- Belt should coordinate with your shoes and wear socks that coordinate with pants
- Clean, well-groomed hands and nails
- Conservative tie that coordinates with outfit, tied just long enough to cover the belt buckle
- Solid cotton blend shirt with plain or button down pressed collar - make sure it is a good fit
- Avoid flashy cuff links, rings or neck chains.
- Avoid cologne
- Avoid visible tatoos
Recommended for Women
- Pant suit, dress suit or tailored dress - best colors: Navy, Black, Gray, or Taupe
- Skirts should be no shorter than 1 - 2 inches above the knee and avoid extreme slits
- Polished and closed toed shoes or basic dark pumps with medium or low heels (1 - 2 inch heels)
- Nail polish should be subtle - fingernails well groomed
- Make-up should be minimal
- Folio, briefcase, or professional bag with small purse is recommended
- Simple, basic jewelry - one bracelet or watch per arm, one ring per hand (with the exception of the wedding set)
- Always wear hosiery and keep color neutral
- Avoid wearing fragrances
- 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.