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What to Wear...What to Wear

What should you wear to a job interview? Millions of people agonize over what to wear while looking for a job. For those of you who need a quick review of the basics, follow these guidelines for successful interview dress:

Men and Women
  • Conservative two-piece business suit (solid dark blue or grey is best)

  • Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best, pastel is next best)

  • Clean, polished conservative shoes

  • Well-groomed hairstyle

  • Clean, trimmed fingernails

  • Minimal cologne or perfume

  • Empty pockets—no bulges or tinkling coins

  • No gum, candy, or cigarettes

  • Light briefcase or portfolio case

  • No visible body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.) or tatoos

  • Necktie should be silk with a conservative pattern

  • Dark shoes (black lace-ups are best)

  • Dark socks (black is best)

  • Get a haircut; short hair always fares best in interviews

  • Fresh shave; mustaches are a possible negative, but if you must, make sure it is neat and trimmed

  • No beards (unless you are interviewing for a job as a lumberjack!)

  • No rings other than wedding ring or college ring

  • No earrings (if you normally wear one, take it out)

  • Wear a suit with a jacket and skirt or slacks; no dresses

  • Shoes with conservative heels

  • Conservative hosiery at or near skin color (and no runs!)

  • No purses, small or large; carry a briefcase instead

  • If you wear nail polish, use clear or a conservative color

  • Keep your makeup simple and natural (it should not be too noticeable)

  • No more than one ring on each hand

  • One set of earrings only

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This document was supported by Grant 90FX0030 from the administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS.

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