Dress for Success

First impressions are critical in an interview. Your appearance is the first observable factor an employer will see. Remember that each industry or career field has different standards of professional dress for the interview but, when in doubt, it’s better to err on the formal rather than on the casual side of dress. The guidelines below will help you get started.

General Guidelines #section

These general guidelines apply to both women and men.

  • Avoid trendy fashions
  • Neat hair
  • Hide body art and tattoos
  • No jeans/sweats
  • No perfume/cologne
  • Pressed clothing
  • Conservative makeup
  • Minimal jewelry

Women #section

Professional Dress Tips:

  • A skirted suit, pantsuit or conservative dress.
  • Skirts should be knee-length or longer.
  • No spaghetti strap or sleeveless shirts.
  • Avoid clothing that is too tight fitting or revealing.
  • Always wear plain-style, non-patterned tights.
  • Wear flat shoes or low heels in colors that avoid making your feet a focal point.
  • Avoid open-toed shoes.

Men #section

Professional Dress Tips:

  • Conservative dark navy or gray pants and a dress shirt (always collared) or a business suit depending on your career field.
  • Wear conservative, clean, and polished shoes.
  • A short hair cut and no facial hair is expected.