You’re told to “dress professionally” for an interview. But, what does that actually mean? Yes, conservative, professional attire is required for job interviews and for our internship fair. Your chances to be hired will be greatly reduced if you arrive wearing heavy perfume, too much jewelry or are sloppily dressed and ungroomed. Want to show off that new pedicure? Don’t. Want to show off that new tattoo? Don’t.
As a young, professional male entering the workforce, follow these standards:
Overall: Avoid distracting, bright-colored, patterned ties.
Option 1: Clean, pressed suit, tie and comfortable, plain-colored dress shoes
Option 2: Clean, pressed dress pants, long sleeved, pressed shirt, tie and plain-colored dress shoes
As a young, professional female entering the workforce, follow these standards:
Overall: Avoid distracting, bright-colored, patterned clothing. Skirts should be no shorter than 2″ above the knee.
Option 1: Clean, pressed suit (pants or skirt) and closed toe pumps or flats
Option 2: Clean, pressed blouse, dress pants or skirt and closed toe pumps or flats
Looking for more professional attire tips? Tips for Dressing for Job Interviews