- Tailored suit
- A two-piece matching suit is highly recommended
- Conservative/neutral colors (navy, black, gray)
- Avoid being too "trendy"
- Make sure your suit is well-pressed
- Keep your hair neat and clean
- Hands – clean fingernails
- Jewelry/perfume & cologne – use in moderation
- Shoes – polished/non-worn heal
Proper Attire for Men:
- The standard job interviewing attire for men is a
conservative dark navy or gray two-piece business suit
(of natural fibers, such as wool, if possible), a white
long-sleeved button-down dress shirt, a conservative
silk tie (that matches the colors in your suit), and
nicely polished dress shoes.
- Your belt should always match your shoes.
- If you have a beard or mustache, your facial hair
should be neatly trimmed. If you have any visible body
parts pierced, most experts recommend removing all
jewelry, including earrings.
- Socks – dark colors only!
Proper Attire for Women:
- Skirt suits vs. pant suits (skirt suits – better for
the traditional industries, like accounting, banking,
- Skirt length should be a little below the knee and
never shorter than above the knee. Avoid wearing a dress
(unless accented with a jacket). Blouses should be
cotton or silk and should be white, or some other light
- Modest heal for women and conservative (watch being
too trendy); closed-toe shoes.
- Minimal make-up, with lipstick and nail polish
conservative tones. Pantyhose should be flawless (no
runs) and conservative in color.
What is “business casual”?
Monster.com’s definition in The New York Times: “in
general, business casual means dressing professionally,
looking relaxed yet neat and pulled together.”
What are some examples of business casual?
- Khaki pants
- Golf shirts
- Dress shirts (button-downs) without a tie
- Blouses that are not low cut or revealing
For more information about professional attire, as well
as professional etiquette, in general, check out
the following links: