Dress for Success

Attire

  • Select clothing appropriate for the occupation. The goal is to look the part. A good standard is to dress one step above what you would wear on the job.
  • Clothes should be clean and pressed.
  • Frayed cuffs, missing buttons, wrinkled clothing, and scuffed shoes will make a bad impression.
  • Avoid faddish styles and loud colors.
  • Jewelry should be conservative and kept to a minimum.

Grooming and Dress tips for Men:

  • Facial hair should be freshly shaved and mustache or beard neatly trimmed.
  • Body should be freshly bathed/showered and use deodorant.
  • Teeth should be brushed and breath fresh.
  • Fingernails should be clean, smooth and well-groomed.
  • Don’t wear a crazy tie – keep it professional and simple.
  • Wear smart, polished shoes – no tennis shoes please!
  • Don’t go overboard on the aftershave.
  • Colognes – Use sparingly or not at all. Your “fragrance” should not linger after you leave.
  • Avoid sagging clothing.
  • Make sure your hair is clean, neat and tidy.
  • Avoid having piercings and tattoos on display. (Men, remove earrings.)

Grooming and Dress tips for Women:

  • Body should be freshly bathed/showered and use deodorant.
  • Teeth should be brushed and breath fresh.
  • Fingernails should be clean, smooth and well-groomed.
  • Don’t wear a short skirt- knee length or below is perfect.
  • Wear a conservative suit.
  • Choose sensible footwear – no platforms or stilettos!
  • Wear underwear that matches your top half – wearing a black bra with a white blouse is not a good look!
  • If you want to wear jewelery, keep it simple. (No hoop earrings…)
  • Avoid having piercings and tattoos on display.
  • Perfumes – Use sparingly or not at all. Your “fragrance” should not linger after you leave.
  • Avoid revealing clothing.
  • Make sure your hair is clean, neat and tidy.

More Resources:

This Article from Monster.com describes how to dress for an interview by industry:

http://career-advice.monster.com/job-interview/interview-appearance/dressing-for-interview-by-industry/article.aspx

Videos:

How to Dress for a Job Interview for Women:

Tips on Dressing for a Job Interview for Men: