Dress for Success

A person will be judged by the way that they appear. You should prepare for your interview by dressing for success. An interview does not require you to go out and purchase an entirely new wardrobe. One or two conservative outfits should suffice; men should wear dark suits with conservatively patterned ties. It is important to look professional, and your clothes are an important aspect of that professional look. Avoid wearing cologne or perfume. Go for the most conservative look you possibly can- some departments are notoriously strait-laced, and even if you aren't, you will not want to risk shocking them with non-traditional attire.

Female Tips:

  • Linen suits often wrinkle.
  • Solid colors are often the safest.
  • Make sure you care an extra set of hosiery in your purse.
  • Skirt length - knee level to mid calf.
  • Heels should measure 2 – 3” in height
  • Recommended shoe colors: navy, black, cordovan, and taupe
  • You should only carry necessary items (wallet, basic cosmetics, etc). You don’t want to accidentally drop open your purse and your life history could be revealed.
  • Choose jewelry that enhances your wardrobe.
  • Invest in a hairstyle that is complimentary to your facial structure and features. Hair that is shoulder length or shorter or at least appears that way gives you the most professional appearance.
  • Hair color should appear natural.

Male Tips:

  • No matter which style a man chooses certain buttons should be fasted when walking or standing. In the case of single-breasted jacket the top of the 2 button or the middle of 3 should be fastened.
  • Ties should be between 2 ¾ and 3 ½ inches wide.
  • While loafers are acceptable with suits, wing tips portray a more conservative look.
  • A high quality writing instrument contributes to a polished image.
  • Stay away from bulky sports watches, digital watches, and watches with cheap metal bands.
  • Most companies have specific guidelines to follow regarding the accepted length of men’s hair around the collar.
  • It’s usually discouraged in the medical field, but when beards and mustaches are worn, they should be clipped and neat at all times.
  • Attention should also be directed to the trimming of nose and ear hairs.

Last Updated: 04/28/2014

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