Women a dress with a jacket is Always wear a suit with a jacket; also acceptable – skirts at or below the knee Shoes with conservative heels and closed toes (open toes are casual or associated with social agendas) Conservative hosiery at or near skin color (and no runs) – Always wear stockings, no bare legs No purses – instead carry a small briefcase or portfolio If you wear nail polish, use a clear or conservative color Minimal use of makeup No more than one ring on each hand One set only of conservative earrings
Clothing Do’s for Women Do wear clothes appropriate for the job Do wear clothes that are suitable for your physique or the shape of your body Do wear colors that accentuate your skin tone Do wear clothes that are clean, neat, and well- pressed Do wear clothes that you feel comfortable in
Clothing Don’ts for Women Don’t wear clothes that are too tight Don’t wear sheer or see-through fabrics that reveal your bra or slip Don’t wear plunging necklines Don’t wear jewelry that dangles or sparkles Don’t wear shoes that are scuffed Don’t wear skirts that are too short; no splits higher than the knee, and no front-opening wrap skirts Don’t wear faddish clothes Don’t wear a coat shorter than your dress unless it is a ¾ coat (No sundresses) Don’t wear wrinkled, soiled, or defective clothes
Men a conservative pattern, Necktie should be silk with and be the correct length (bottom of your belt) Dark shoes (black lace-ups are best) Dark socks (black is best) Get a hair cut – short hair always fares best in interviews Beards and mustaches can be viewed as negative - make sure they are neat and trimmed No rings other than a wedding ring or class ring No earrings – if you normally wear them (or just one), remove them (it).
Clothing Do’s for Men Do wear socks that blend with your slacks and shoes Do wear socks that cover the calf Do wear clothes that fit well, and that you are comfortable in Do wear clothes that are coordinated (If you are not sure they coordinate in color, style, fabric, and pattern, ask someone to help you) Do wear clothes that are clean, neat, and well- pressed
Clothing Don’ts for Men Don’t wear slacks that are too long or short Don’t wear clothes that are soiled or defective Don’t wear loud, flashy clothes Don’t wear a tie that is too short or too long (The tip of the tie should end near the center of the belt buckle) Don’t wear clip-on ties – they are seldom the right length Don’t wear scuffed shoes or those with run-down heels Don’t wear clothes that are out of style Don’t wear too many patterns (It is difficult to coordinate several patterns in one outfit) Don’t wear neck chains unless you know definitively that they are acceptable by the company with which you are seeking employment
Dressing for Success Men & Women Conservative two-piece business suit (solid dark blue or grey is best, though some business cultures accept neutral colors – Pay special attention to the “FIT” Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best/pastel is next best) Clean, polished, conservative shoes – Some employers base a lot on the condition of your shoes. Well-groomed hair style Cleaned, trimmed fingernails Minimal cologne or perfume (If in doubt it is better to use no fragrance than too much) Empty pockets – no bulges or tinkling coins No gum or candy Light briefcase or portfolio and a good pen (not the chewed up BIC) No visible body piercings or tattoos