GUIDELINE FOR WOMEN'S INTERVIEW ATTIRE

  • Select a skirted suit, pantsuit, or conservatively tailored dress that draws the eye to your face.
  • Skirts are traditionally knee-length but those slightly shorter or longer are also acceptable.
  • Select blouses or sweaters that provide visual interest, but avoid transparent looks, tight fits, low necklines, revealing waistlines, or details that detract from your face as a focal point. Typically, arms are covered at least to the biceps and often to the wrist.
  • Always wear panty hose to interviews. Wear plain-style, non-patterned hosiery and select colors that flatter your coloring. For traditional industries, wear a neutral color. For other industries, it may be acceptable to choose hose that coordinate with your skirt. Carry an extra pair in case of damage while in route to the interview.
  • Perfume should never be strong. A fragrance can cause an allergic reaction or offend the interviewer. When in doubt, do not wear perfume.
  • Use natural-looking makeup and clear nail polish. A French manicure is an acceptable style for the traditional business attire look.
  • Do not carry a purse with a briefcase.
  • Wear flat shoes or low pumps (2 inches maximum) in colors that avoid making your feet a focal point. Be sure that they are clean and polished, avoiding shoes that hinder walking fast as well as open-toed shoes.
  • Add accessories to express your personality and accentuate your best features. A scarf or necklace is an effective way to focus on your face, but keep it simple! When in doubt, a simple pearl set (necklace, bracelet) would suffice perfectly.
  • Avoid wearing too many accessories at the same time, such as earrings, necklaces, and rings. These can accentuate your personality and can be an asset if worn in moderation.
  • Avoid dangling earrings and wear no more than one ring per hand and a dress watch.