Professional Interview Attire

When in doubt, err on the formal and conservative side.  It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.

Gender-neutral recommendations

  • Polished and professional look: clean and wrinkle-free.
  • Properly fitting clothing: not too large or too small.
  • Neutral colors: back, taupe, beige, brown, blue, gray.
  • Matching two-piece suit: black, navy, or dark grey.
  • Polished close-toed shoes: dark conservative hue.
  • Hair: clean, groomed and out of eyes.
  • Nails: clean and manicured.
  • Fragrance: little to none.
  • Jewelry: minimal and small.
  • Tattoos: covered; facial piercings: removed.
  • Purse/briefcase/portfolio: if needed, keep it small; no backpack.
  • No cell phones.
  • No jeans; no hoodies/sweatshirts; no sport shoes; no open-toed shoes; no bare shoulders; no short skirts/shorts.
  • Cosmetics: natural and complementary.

Recommendations for females

  • Conservative blouse: white, blue, or pastel; modest neckline.

  • Matching two-piece suit: black, navy, or dark grey; slacks or skirt (knee-length).

  • Hosiery or tights: skin tone; no runs.

Recommendations for males

  • Long-sleeve shirt: white or pale hue; pressed.

  • Silk tie: conservative hue/pattern; reaches belt buckle.

  • Matching two-piece suit: black, navy, or dark grey.

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