Looking Professional

Dress to impress. Good attire on its own won’t get you a job, but bad attire will likely hurt or eliminate your chances of getting the job.

If you got far enough to get an interview, you don’t want to screw your chances up simply because you don’t know what to wear and how to act. On the clothing side, use your best judgment, but here are a few guidelines that will help you avoid looking bad.

Men

Do

  • Be conservative
  • Two piece charcoal, grey, or navy suit with matching jacket and pants
  • Conservative colors (blue or white shirt)
  • Black or brown shoes AND socks that match your suit pants
  • Two-pattern rule (do not mix patterns – e.g. stripped shirt with stripped tie)
  • Clean shaven face or cleanly trimmed beard
  • Well groomed and maintained hair
  • Leather portfolio
  • Wear a dress belt
  • Be comfortable!

Don’t

  • Too trendy/casual
  • Cheap/loud/skinny tie
  • White socks
  • Excessive jewelry
  • No cologne
  • Cuff links
  • Bow ties and ties with school insignias
  • Patterned / colored shirts with a white collar (this is usually for senior people)

Women

Do

  • Suits are standard –  matching jacket and pants/skirt
  • Conservative colors
  • Nylons with skirt
  • Closed toed shoes with back
  • Pull long hair back
  • Leather portfolio
  • Be comfortable!

Don’t

  • Too trendy
  • Mismatched suit pieces
  • Open – toed shoes/sandals
  • Excessive jewelry
  • No perfume
  • Too much makeup
  • Bare legs
  • Too casual