What to Wear

General Recommendations

First off, it is important to know the industry and culture of the organization in which you will be interviewing. For many workplaces it is appropriate to wear a professional, dark business suit (navy blue, gray, black) to an interview. However, some workplaces may prefer less traditional attire. For example, if you are interviewing for a position in the fashion industry it may be more appropriate to wear clothing that reflects your understanding of the style of the company in which you are interviewing.

When in doubt, contact someone who knows the company's culture or has experience in the industry where you're interviewing for suggestions on how to dress. If you don't know someone in the business come to the Career Development office and ask one of our staff members.

Another suggestion is to bring a portfolio (available at the bookstore) to hold extra copies of your resume, a list of references and/or a pad of paper where you can take notes.

Rules of Thumb

  • Ladies: wear a pant suit or knee-length skirt (no shorter). If you are wearing a skirt be sure to wear stockings.
  • Wear polished shoes that match or complement your outfit. Ladies, do not wear open-toed shoes or heels higher than three inches. You want to be able to walk easily!
  • Arrive well-groomed: make sure your hair is neatly brushed, trimmed, clean shaven and, if possible, make sure your hair is not in your face. Apply makeup and nail polish conservatively.
  • Go light on accessories. A few professional items to consider could be: a watch, cufflinks, tie, ring, small earrings and/or necklace. In this instance, less is more.
  • Avoid the use of heavy fragrances (perfume or cologne).
  • Shirts should be buttoned to the top or second-to-top button. Do not wear a low-cut blouse.
For more tips and suggestions stop by the Career Development office!