What to Wear

Appearance is an important aspect of how you present yourself, and, just like on a first date, appearance matters in an interview.

Interview attire can vary depending on the company or organization, but in general, business professional attire is the best choice. If you have any doubt, ask the person who scheduled the interview how you should dress for it.

Read the guidelines below and search for “business professional attire” or “business casual attire” on Google or Pinterest to see examples of each.

Business Professional Attire

  • Suit, solid-color dress shirt, and tie
  • Skirt suit, pantsuit or dress with jacket/blazer
  • Neutral colors
  • Conservative footwear
  • High-fitting dark socks
  • Clean grooming, ironed clothes and attention paid to the details
  • Avoid ill-fitting, short, tight, or clingy clothing

Business Casual Attire

  • White or light blue collared shirt, polo shirt (tucked in), blouse or sweater
  • Dress pants. Avoid jeans until you are certain they are acceptable, which could be every day, Fridays-only, or never.
  • Leather shoes or business-appropriate shoes. No sandals, athletic shoes or hiking boots.
  • Leather belt that matches shoe color

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