Interviewing

What Should I Wear?

Dress for the world outside of college is quite different from the campus scene. This is not to say that you need to go out and buy a whole new wardrobe. Go for quality over quantity. One or two well-chosen business suits will serve you all the way to the first day on the job and beyond. No one will fault you for wearing the same sharp outfit each time you interview. If you want some variety and are working with a limited budget, you might consider varying your shirt/blouse/tie/accessories as a simple way to change your look without breaking your wallet. If you’re not sure about what to wear, don’t be afraid to ask.

Here are some guidelines to keep in mind:

Personal Hygiene

Men

Women

Personal Hygiene

MEN

Business Dress

Business Casual Dress

WOMEN

Business Dress

Conservative dark navy or gray wool-blend suit – skirt or pants. Beige or brown are also acceptable. Pants suits are acceptable in many industries, but it’s best to drive to the company (early a.m. or around 5 p.m.) several days before your interview to observe people’s attire. Or, check their Web site for some clues about how conservative the culture and environment might be.

A blazer with blouse and skirt is a possible second choice to a suit. Skirt length should be a little below the knee and never shorter than above the knee. Avoid wearing a dress.

Business Casual Dress