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Interview Attire

Every work environment has its own unique expectations when it comes to attire. Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach to attire in the workplace, the tips below and our more comprehensive Dress for Success Guide (759K) outline some basic suggestions.

A quick image search for business attire or business casual attire will assist you in finding your own style for work. The career counselors in the CCE are also available to offer “fashion advice” for your interview!

Business Professional 

Business professional is the most formal attire for interviewing.

You may want to consider:

  • A pant or skirt suit in black, gray, navy blue, or other subdued colors.
  • An ironed dress shirt or blouse in a color complementary to your suit.
  • A matching pair of socks that are in a color one shade darker than your suit.
  • Possibly an all-weather ¾ or full-length coat (for use in autumn and winter).
  • Black or brown leather dress shoes or a classic pair of flats or low-heeled shoes in black, brown, navy blue, or taupe.
  • A leather belt that matches your shoes.

Business Casual

Business casual is neat, yet relaxed.

You may want to consider:

  • Crisp and wrinkle-free slacks and skirts.
  • Collared shirts.
  • Potentially a seasonally appropriate sport coat or blazer (jacket).
  • Potentially a sweater.
  • A tie is optional.

Additional Tips

Keep accessories simple, make your hygiene a priority, and take care of your clothes. If you have any questions or concerns about what to wear for a particular interview or situation, be sure to schedule an appointment with a career counselor.

Current students who need assistance with purchasing interview attire may apply for a Career Development Grant.