So now that many of us may be out in the real world looking for a job, you may be asking yourself , “WHAT DO I WEAR?!”. Many of us are just getting out of college and there most of us wore sweats and a t-shirt to class. Obviously this type of attire is unacceptable for an interview. Here are some tips that may help you to figure out that “perfect” interview outfit.

  • Choose your attire the day before your interview.
  • You want to make sure that your clothes do not have any wrinkles or stains on them.
  • Pick an outfit that best suits the type of job you are applying for. If you are going to work in an office setting, you should dress conservatively.
  • A nice dark suit is good for men. Soft earth tones are best for women.
  •  Try to avoid mini skirts and shirts that show too much skin.
  • Even in the hotter seasons, you should not wear sandals or gym shoes to an interview. It sends an unprofessional message.
  • The same goes for hats and other accessories


Here are some tips for college graduates for entry level positions:

  • Conservative two-piece business suit (solid dark blue or grey is best)
  • Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best, pastel is next best)
  • Clean, polished conservative shoes
  • Well-groomed hairstyle
  • Clean, trimmed fingernails
  • Minimal cologne or perfume
  • Empty pockets–no bulges or tinkling coins
  • No gum, candy or cigarettes
  • Light briefcase or portfolio case
  • No visible body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.)

    What NOT to wear to an 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.
    • Shorts.
    • Jeans.
    • 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.
    • More on underwear and low-rise pants – make sure the top of your thong, if you wear one, doesn’t show above your pants.

    If you are still not sure how to dress for the interview, call them and ask!  This is one time when you do not want to call the Hiring Manager instead, ask to be put through to Human Resources.

    Dressing the part for an interview is much more important than one may think. When you are meeting a future employer for the first time you want to make sure that you leave a lasting impression. As ridiculous as it may sound, the way you dressed in the interview may be the final deciding factor on whether or not you will get hired. Taking the time to make yourself look presentable is not only going to make you appear more prepared, it will ultimately MAKE YOU MORE PREPARED. You will feel much more confident if you take the time to make sure that what you are wearing is professional.

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