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What to Wear

Dressing appropriately is crucial for making a good first impression at an interview or employer event. Interview attire indicates to the employer that you value yourself and your work. Use the below guide to dress for your interview. Every interview and every interviewer is different. When in doubt, seek the advice of your career coach.

Business professional

Job interviewing attire

Business professional clothes

Clothes should be:

  • Solid, dark or neutral colors
  • Light colors can be worn underneath
  • No stripes or bright prints/colors

Shoes should be:

  • Closed-toe heel or dress shoes

Matching colors

Suit jacket and pants/skirt should be matching colors

Bring essentials only!

Carry a portfolio, professional bag or simple purse

Personal items and cell phones

Keep cell phones turned off and out of sight with personal items

Business professional items

Business casual

Daily work attire

Business casual dresses and slacks

Colors and styles

  • Nice pants/slacks
  • Dresses
  • No jeans, shorts, sundresses, or athletic wear

Skirts and dresses

Skirts and dresses should be knee length when standing and thighs covered while seated

Jackets and shoes

Wear blazers and cardigans with flats, boots, closed-toe shoes, or comfortable shoes for walking in


Ties can be optional

Business casual shirts and jackets

General recommendations

It’s all about the first impression

Clothes should be:

  • Tailored
  • In good condition
  • Wrinkle and lint free
Dress shoes

Dress shoes

Dress shoes should be neat and clean, no sandals

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Well groomed hairstyle

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Nails and makeup

Natural in style

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Jewelry and fragrance

Wear moderate jewelry with mild fragrance

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Piercings and tattoos

Align to company culture or standards



Belts should match the color of your shoes and attire

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