How To Dress

How To Dress

Know your industry, and know the culture of the organization you will be visiting. For many workplaces, it is appropriate to wear a professional dark business suit (dark blue, grey, black) to an interview. But some businesses may prefer less traditional dress. For instance, if you are interviewing for a job in the fashion industry, it may be appropriate to wear clothes that reflect your understanding of the style of the company you are interviewing with.

Bring a portfolio (available at the bookstore) to hold extra copies of your resume, a list of references, or a pad of paper on which to take notes.

When in doubt, ask someone who knows the culture of the company or industry you're interested in for suggestions on how to dress. Or, if you don't know someone in the business, come to the career center for a walk-in and ask one of our staff members.

Interview Dress Rules of Thumb

  • Wear a pant suit or a knee-length skirt (no shorter). Wear stockings with a skirt.
  • Wear polished shoes that match or complement the suit or skirt. Do not wear open-toed shoes or shoes with heels higher than three inches. You need to be able to walk easily.
  • Arrive well-groomed: hair neatly brushed or trimmed, clean shaven, and, if possible, make sure your hair is not in your face. Apply makeup and nail polish conservatively.
  • Select accessories conservatively. A few professional items to consider could be: a watch, cufflinks, tie, ring, small earrings, and/or necklace. Less can be 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.

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