Dressing for an Interview Part A

Dressing for your industry
Your appearance is an important factor in creating a first impression.  You need to research the company and industry to know what attire is appropriate.  

Many work environments are still business professional, which means SUIT ATTIRE, for both men and women.  Dark suits are preferred. 

Standard job interview attire for MEN 

  • Conservative dark navy, black or gray two-piece business suit (of natural fibers, such as wool, if possible).  Pair with a white, long-sleeved button-down dress shirt, a conservative silk tie and nicely polished dress shoes
  • Avoid wearing earings or other visible piercings
  • Facial hair should be groomed and neat
  • Belt should always match your shoes
  • Use minimal cologne -- too many people bathe in it and you never know who might be allergic to scents
  • To view photos of appropriate and inappropriate interviewing attire, click here

Standard job interview attire for WOMEN 

  • Conservative dark navy, black or gray wool blend suit.  Job experts and employers seem split on the notion of pants suits, so a skirted suit is a safer choice for a more conservative industry or organization
  • Skirt length should be a little below the knee and never shorter than above the knee.  Blouses should be cotton or silk and should be white, or some other lighter color.  Shoes should be low-heeled
  • Make-up should be minimal, with lipstick and nail polish in conservative tones.  Pantyhose should be flawless (no runs) and conservative in color.  Do not have excessive body odor or perfume
  • Should opt for a briefcase rather than a purse
  • To view photos of appropriate and inappropriate interviewing attire, click here


Other considerations -- Fashion and other Design disciplines

The recommendations listed previously on this page may be more conservative than your industry is expecting on an interview, so your choice of attire and accessories need not be as formal as what is outlined above.

It is vital, however, that you appear neat and "put together" on the day of an interview or recruiting event -- your clothing and accessories should not distract the employer from the words that are coming out of your mouth as you describe your skill sets and enthusiasm for working with them.

When choosing your outfit for an interview or for a recruiting event, choose your clothing and accessories based on the brand of the organizations whom you are trying to attract.  For students looking to break into specific organizations in the fashion industry, this can be particularly important, because a recruiter is likely looking for knowledge about the "look" of the merchandise associated with their organization.


Two fashion flubs to avoid

After their interactions with students, our employer partners typically clue us in on the successes and challenges our students are encountering during the interview process.  When it comes to dressing for an interview, the two most frequent blunders committed by students include:

Ladies -- skirts that are too short in length, and

Men -- choosing to wear white athletic socks rather than black dress socks

Please take these recommendations into consideration when choosing your interview attire!


Still confused?  Stop by the Career Services Center and we can discuss specifics. 

(source: http://www.quintcareers.com/dress_for_success.html)


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