Thursday, August 26, 2010

Appropriate Interview Attire Tips

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

Coordinated blouse

Conservative shoes

Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)

No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry

Professional hairstyle

Neutral pantyhose

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


Cell phone


Coffee or soda

If you have lots of piercings, leave some of your rings at home (earrings only, is a good rule)

Cover tattoos

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

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