By Keisha White
Career Services – Antonelli College Cincinnati
The first impression you make on a prospective employer is the most imperative one. The first opinion an interviewer makes is going to be based on how you look and what you are wearing. That's why it's always important to dress professionally for a job interview, even if the work environment is casual. What's the appropriate dress code for an interview you ask? You'll want that first impression to be not just a good one, but, a great one. The candidate dressed in a suit and tie is going to make a much better impression than the candidate dressed in scruffy jeans and a t-shirt.
Men's Interview Attire
Suit (solid color – navy, dark grey, or black)
Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
Dark socks, conservative leather shoes
Little or no jewelry
Neat, professional hairstyle
Limit the aftershave
Neatly trimmed nails
Portfolio or briefcase
Women's Interview Attire
Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry
Light make-up and perfume
Neatly manicured clean nails
Portfolio or briefcase
What Not to Wear on a Job Interview
Flip-flops or sneakers.
Underwear (bras, bra straps, briefs, boxers, etc.) that is visible. Don't wear any underwear that shows, even if your bra straps match your top.
Skirts that are too short.
Pants that are too low-rise or too tight.
Blouses that are too low-cut or too short - don't show your cleavage or your belly.
What Not to Bring to the Interview
Coffee or soda
If you have lots of piercings, leave some of your rings at home (earrings only, is a good rule)
Interview Attire Tips
Before you even think about going on an interview, make sure you have appropriate interview attire and everything fits correctly. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to get your clothes ready the night before, so you don't have to spend time getting them ready on the day of the interview. If your clothes are dry clean only, take them to the cleaners after an interview, so they are ready for next time. Make sure to polish your shoes and bring a breath mint and use it before you enter the building.
Have questions regarding appropriate interview attire? Please contact Keisha White at email@example.com.