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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 jewelry.


Wear solid, over-the-calf socks.

Polished black tie shoes.

Conservative tie with stripes or a small pattern that, when tied, ends at your

belt buckle

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 distraction to

either you or the interviewer.

Avoid big jewelry, multiple pieces such as rings on each finger, several

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

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