Interview Attire: Dos and Don’ts

By: Katie Kershman

According to a non-business student of Dr. Hoffman’s, the only thing College of Business students wear are suits. However, as business students, we know this is not the case. In fact, as a freshman, I found myself intimidated by the upper classmen’s interview attire. So, for those of us that can be a bit intimidated by the formal dress of interview and professional attire, I thought it would be useful to go through some basic guidelines.

Men’s Interview Attire

  • Suit (solid color – navy or dark grey)
  • Long sleeve shirt (white or coordinated with the suit)
  • Belt
  • Tie
  • Dark socks
  • conservative leather shoes
  • Little or no jewelry (wedding ring or class ring only)
  • Neat, professional hairstyle (preferably short)
  • Limit the aftershave
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

Women’s Interview Attire

  • Suit (navy, black or dark grey)
  • The suit skirt should be long enough so you can sit down comfortably
  • Coordinated blouse
  • Conservative shoes (no open back or open toe
  • Limited jewelry (no dangling earrings or arms full of bracelets)
  • No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry
  • Professional hairstyle
  • Neutral pantyhose
  • Light make-up and perfume
  • Neatly manicured clean nails
  • Portfolio or briefcase

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  • Gum
  • Cell phone
  • iPod
  • Coffee or soda
  • If you have a lot of piercings, leave some of your rings at home (earrings only, is a good rule)
  • Cover your tattoos (if possible)
  • No wild nail polish or long nails
  • Out-of-date suits (over three inch or less than an inch wide lapels)
  • No short skirts (hemlines should be no more than three inches above the knee.
  • No leather jackets for men or women
  • No turtlenecks

Here is a video that explains proper interview attire for men and women and gives some good examples.

For men:

For women:

For men, tying a tie and choosing the right knot can be intimidating or challenging. is a great resource for selecting the proper knot to use, with visual and video aids to demonstrate how to tie them.

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6 thoughts on “Interview Attire: Dos and Don’ts

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    • I was thinking the exact same this!
      I thought some things were offensive as well “No jewelry is better than cheap jewelry”, sounds like you’re being judged for your taste in costume jewelry rather than your ability to do the job.

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