Dressing for the Interview
Even with work attire becoming less formal, the suit is still the
uniform of interviewing. If you don’t have one, save your money and go
shopping because it is important in how you present yourself. Keep it
conservative. You can always lighten up and match the dress code set by
the example of your boss or other supervisors. Keep in mind that the
interview is not a social occasion, so don’t be too stylish. Choose dark
colors, long-sleeve white shirts or blouses, and minimal accessories or
· Wear solid, over-the-calf socks.
· Polished black tie shoes.
· Conservative tie with stripes or a small pattern that, when tied, ends
· No cologne or after-shave.
· Hair should be barbered, clean and combed.
· Usually no facial hair or earrings are best.
· Wear dark shoes with low heels and closed toes (purse should match in
color and material)
· Neutral hose with no pattern.
· No perfume or cologne.
· Keep your makeup light and natural, including the nail polish.
· Your hair should be styled so that it is neither a bother nor
either you or the interviewer.
· Avoid big jewelry, multiple pieces such as rings on each finger,
bracelets or necklaces or anything that makes noise.
Note: The purpose here is not to make everyone look alike or disguise
your personal style. The purpose is to try to ensure that your look does
not distract from your spoken communication in the interview. If an
employer is thinking about what you are wearing they are not listening
to your message