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Interview Attire

Did you know that an employer will make their first impression about whether or not to hire you based on the first 30 seconds of your interview? For this reason, dressing appropriately and conservatively for an interview is vitally important.

Business Formal is the standard dress code for a job or internship interview.

Women’s business formal attire could include the following:

  • Skirt suit (preferably in a dark color), which includes knee-length skirt, tailored jacket, and solid (or subtle patterned) blouse/top
  • Pant suit (preferably in a dark color), which includes tailored pants and jacket, and solid (or subtle patterned) blouse/top
  • Closed toed shoes with no more than 1-2 inch heels
  • Post earrings (not dangling or large), minimal jewelry such as rings, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Small to medium size purse, along with portfolio, pen, and extra copies of your resume
  • Subtle make-up
  • Avoid perfumes












Men’s business formal attire could include the following:

  • Two-piece, single-breasted, and dark (solid color or conservative pinstripes) suit
  • White dress shirt and with a white undershirt underneath and conservative tie (no bowties, bright colors, or bold patterns)
  • Dark, polished shoes and matching socks
  • Portfolio, pen, and extra copies of your resume
  • Conservative, short haircut
  • Avoid cologne










Business Casual is often the dress code in many offices, depending on your work environment and day-to-day responsibilities. While this type of attire is too casual for an interview, you may ask your new supervisor and/or human resources representative about the dress code or judge the work environment once you’ve landed the job or internship.

Women’s business casual attire could include the following:

  • Jacket, blouse, cardigan, or conservative top with pants or a knee-length skirt
  • Simple, knee-length dress (nothing low-cut)
  • Closed or open toed shoes (no flip flops)
  • No jeans or casual sundresses












Men’s business casual attire could include the following:

  • Pants (dark or khaki)
  • Collared button up shirt with a white undershirt underneath or a collared knit polo shirt
  • Leather shoes (no sneakers or flip flops)
  • No jeans