Appropriate Attire

During an interview, you have limited time to make a first impression. Your appearance and dress can reflect how you present yourself as an employee. Follow these guidelines when selecting what to wear for interviews and networking opportunities with alumni or prospective employers.

Business Attire

Recommended business attire

  • Pant or skirt suit in black, charcoal, or navy
  • Remove pocket and vent stitches
  • Dress shirt with collar or blouse - not low cut, sheer, or sleeveless
  • Closed-toe shoes in dark color with low heel to avoid limping due to discomfort
  • Jewelry and makeup in moderation
  • Minimize the use of perfume to prevent triggering an allergic reaction during your interview

Recommended business attire

  • Suit in black, charcoal, or navy
  • Remove pocket and vent stitches
  • When standing, back of the slacks should be one inch off the ground
  • Solid color or simple pattern tie
  • Dress shirt in white or conservative color with all buttons buttoned
  • Dress shoes in dark colors
  • Dark colored socks matching suit
  • Minimize the use of cologne to prevent triggering an allergic reaction during your interview

Business Casual

Recommended business casual attire

  • Dress shirt with collar, blouse, dress sweater, turtleneck, or sweater over a shirt with a collar
  • No sheer, low cut, sleeveless, or distracting patterns and colors
  • Dress slacks or trousers in black, charcoal, gray, brown, or khaki
  • Skirts fall knee-length when standing, cover thighs when seated
  • Non-patterned hosiery coordinated with skirt, shoe color
  • Shoes in good condition
  • Minimize the use of perfume to prevent triggering an allergic reaction during your interview

Recommended business casual attire

  • Shirt with a collar, sweater, vest over a shirt with a collar, a turtleneck, or a sweater over a shirt without a collar
  • Slacks or trousers in black, navy, charcoal, gray, or khaki
  • When standing, back of the slacks should be one inch off the ground
  • Belt and shoes in good condition
  • Dark colored socks and shoes that are fit the color of your slacks
  • Minimize the use of cologne to prevent triggering an allergic reaction during your interview

What Not To Wear

Inappropriate attire

  • No bright colors or patterns
  • No skirts shorter than knee length
  • No jeans, sweatpants, or shorts
  • No T-shirts or sweatshirts
  • No tight-fitting clothing
  • No three-inch plus heels
  • No wrinkled or torn clothing
  • No excessive jewelry and make-up
  • No hair in high ponytail

Inappropriate attire

  • No bright colors or patterns
  • No jeans, sweatpants, or shorts
  • No white socks
  • No hats
  • No T-shirts or sweatshirts
  • No tight-fitting clothing
  • No scuffed shoes
  • No wrinkled or torn clothing
  • No excessive facial hair