Appropriate Attire

During an interview, you have limited time to make a first impression. Showcase your authentic professional expression by choosing an outfit that is appropriate for the desired role and is aligned with your personal style. 

When exploring what to wear for interviews and networking opportunities, start by asking yourself...

  • Do I feel confident and comfortable?
  • Does this choice reflect how I want to be seen at work?
  • Does my outfit achieve the three P's - proper fit, polished, professional?
  • Is my expression aligned with the industry standard for my desired role?

Next, consider the suggestions below when selecting your outfit.

Please note: students who do not have access to professional attire may visit Mane Apparel, a student-run on-campus program that provides attire for career fairs, interviews, and networking.

Recommended business attire

  • Blouse, collared shirt, or dress shirt with sleeves
  • Suit, dress pants, or skirts in black, gray, or navy
  • Closed-toe shoes in dark color with low or no heel
  • Ties, bags, jewelry, and other accessories in simple patterns and colors
  • Makeup and fragrances in moderation

Recommended business casual attire

  • Collared dress shirt, blouse, turtleneck, dress sweater, or vest over a shirt
  • Dark-colored dress slacks or trousers
  • Clean shoes and accessories in good condition
  • Makeup and fragrances in moderation