Interview Dress Tips
What To Wear To An Interview:
- Suit: solid skirt or pant suit, dark color preferred. No miniskirts! Try to keep the length at or below the knee.
- Blouse: matching/coordinating. Not too revealing.
- Heels: low or moderate, no open toed.
- Hosiery: a must, and should be a color closely matching your skin tone. No bare legs!
- Light make-up.
- Do not let your hair be distracting.
- Nail polish? Nothing too flashy! A safe bet is to wear none or clear.
- Suit: solid color, i.e., blue, grey, black (subtle patterns okay; stay away from browns & greens).
- Shirt: white or pastel and long sleeve.
- Tie: conservative (should barely touch your belt).
- Socks: match the suit.
- Shoes: laced are the rule; slip-ons okay.
- Belt: should match your shoes.
- Empty your pockets of jingling items such as coins.
- If you have a mustache or beard, keep it trimmed.
- Long hair? Pull it back into a ponytail.
Both Men & Women:
- Try on your outfit before the day of the interview.
- Make sure your clothes are pressed and wrinkle free (forget linen suits).
- Hair should be clean, neatly cut and styled.
- Shoes should be clean and polished.
- Clean, manicured nails.
- Easy on the perfume and cologne.
- Wear antiperspirant/deodorant.
- Do not wear political or religious emblems, pins, buttons, etc.
- Limit your rings.
- One set of earrings (no giant hoops and nothing flashy).
- Remove eyebrow, nose, and cheek rings.
- No gum, candy, and definitely no smoking before an interview!
What is Business Casual?
Most companies and agencies have their own interpretation as to what this means. However, unless you know about the company's culture, it is suggested you follow these tips:
- Khakis, dress slacks
- Polo, long sleeve colored or striped shirt
- Jacket/sport coat (optional)
- Matching belt and shoes
- Dress slacks
- Blouse or sweater
- Flat or low heels
- Tennis shoes
- Tight or short skirts