Dressing for Success

Should your clothes and appearance be a consideration to determine whether you can perform the duties of a particular job? No.
Will your clothes and appearance be considered in evaluating you for a particular job? Yes.

Your primary goal in dressing for an interview is to feel good about the way you look while projecting an image that matches the requirements of the position and company.

Business Professional Attire

For both men and women:

  • Avoid unkempt hair or over-the-top hairstyles
  • Avoid excessive perfume or cologne
  • Manicure nails and clean hands
  • Bring a portfolio with additional resumes and a notepad in case you want to make notes

Business Casual Attire

Business casual does not mean casual. It does not mean that you can dress however you want—you are still expected to look professional.

For men, a business casual wardrobe should consist of several long-sleeved cotton oxford shirts; cotton polo or golf shirts; chinos in acceptable colors (khaki, dark blue, olive green, or stone); wool slacks; and, a sport coat.

For women, shirts or blouses are acceptable, and sweaters or knit tops will also work. Pants should be non-denim fabrics that complement the top. The addition of a fashionable jacket is always a nice touch.