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First impressions are often the lasting impression. When interviewing, It is important to project a professional image; presenting your best self. Dressing business professional is usually the expectation for an interview, even if the employees of the organization are not wearing suits or the job for which you are interviewing does not require it. Some employers prefer interview candidates to dress in alignment with the company culture; do your research ahead of time so that you can decide on the best interview attire for the position. Either way, you want to be sure that the interviewer(s) sees and remembers you more than what you were wearing.
In addition to appropriate hygiene, here are a few suggestions of things to do and things to avoid when preparing your interview attire:
- A conservative suit (navy, gray, black).
- Clothing that fits appropriately.
- Neat, pressed, clean clothing without tears, rips or hanging threads. All buttons, snaps, or hooks should be on the garment and hems sewn in place.
- Clean professional shoes you feel comfortable walking in.
- Casual clothing (denim, casual, twill, knit T-shirts).
- Flashy, trendy, cartoony tie.
- Athletic socks.
- Distracting jewelry.
- If wearing a tie, make sure it matches and extends below the belt line.
- If wearing perfume, cologne, or aftershave, make sure it is subtle.
- If wearing accessories (necklace, earrings, and bracelets), make sure you keep it minimal.
- If wearing nail polish, make sure it isn't chipped.
Please Note: Choosing interview attire is an individualized process. Each person's unique identity and culture can influence what is worn to an interview. Considering who you are and the companies expectations, this can sometimes be a difficult decision. If you have questions or concerns about interview attire, please schedule a career counseling appointment.