What to Wear

Your appearance is important because it is the interviewer’s first impression of you. 

  • Be professional, neat, clean, and well-groomed
  • Being overdressed is better than being underdressed
  • Clothes should be clean and wrinkle-free
  • Test-drive your outfit to ensure you are comfortable walking, sitting, standing
  • Research the industry and company as some companies are more conservative

Suit

Item

Advice

Example

Style
  • Suit separates can either come with pants, skirt or a dress
  • Stick to matching pieces of consistent material and style

"Guide to Basic Women's Suiting"

"How Should an Interview Suit Fit"

Color/Pattern
  • Solid dark colors such as gray, navy or black are the best options for an interview
  • Plaid, pinstripe or patterned suits are not interview appropriate
 
Fit
  • Custom tailored suits are ideal, but in some cases hard to obtain last minute
  • The back should lay flat and not pull or bunch
  • Shoulder pad lines up with edge of shoulders
  • Sleeves are not too tight or to loose
  • The buttons on the front should comfortably button and not pull or tuft
  • Cuffs should rest less than half an inch above the wrist
"Fit Tips for Women's Business Wear"

 

Tops

Item

Advice

Example

Style
  • Collared shirt either long or short sleeved
  • Dressy blouse in a comfortable material
  • Always have a conservative neckline

"10 Things to Know About: Wearing Button-Down Shirts"

"What to Wear Beaneath a Suit Jacket"

How to Wear
  • Tuck shirt or blouse into skirt or pants
 

 

Bottoms

Item

Advice

Example

Skirt/Dress
  • Length should conservative at an inch or two above the knee, but nothing more
  • Should be fitted but comfortable to sit and walk in
  • Be aware of the slit and make sure it does not pull open
  • Always wear pantyhose

"How Should an Interview Suit Fit?"

"Fit Tips for Women's Business Wear"

Pants
  • The bottom hem should be rest on top of the shoe without being too high or sweeping the floor
  • Pants should be fitted but comfortable to sit and walk in
  • Not too wide or skinny

"Fit Tips for Women's Business Wear"

 

Shoes

Item

Advice

Example

Style
  • Pumps or flats are good choices
  • Platforms, sandals or strappy heels are not appropriate
"What Type of Shoes to Wear on a Job Interview"
Color
  • Should be in a dark color coordinating with you suit/outfit
 
Heel Height
  • Must be comfortable to walk in
  • Should be under 2 inches
 

 

Accessories

Item

Advice

Example

Jewelry
  • Simple jewelry and a watch are acceptable
  • No long or distracting jewelry
 
Portfolio
  • A portfolio (leather or otherwise) is a must
  • Bring extra copies of your resume in this portfolio
"What Should I Take to My Job Interview"

 

Grooming

Item

Advice

Example

Hair
  • Neatly styled hair out of your face
  • Wet hair is never acceptable
  • Sunglasses should not be worn as a headband
"Is Your Hair Holding You Back?"
Makeup
  • A minimal natural look is always better
  • Neutral tones are acceptable
  • Stay away from bright eye shadow, blush or lip products
  • No shimmer or glitter
  • Caked on makeup is a don't
"Makeup Tips for Your Job Interview"
Body
  • Shower
  • Wear deodorant, but avoid wearing perfume
  • Clean and trimmed nails         
  • Neutral nail polish   

"5 Hygiene Tips on what to do Before an Interview"

"Grooming Advice"

 

 

 

 

Suit

Item

Advice

Example

Style
  • A single breasted suit is more appropriate than a double breasted suit
  • Two or three button jacket with the bottom button unbuttoned
"Understanding Common Suit Features"
Color/Pattern
  • Solid dark colors such as gray, navy or black are the best options for an interview
  • Plaid, pinstripe or patterned suits are not interview appropriate

"Understanding Common Suit Features" (bottom of page)

Fit
  • Custom tailored suits are ideal, but in some cases hard to obtain last minute
  • The back should lay flat and not pull or bunch
  • Shoulder pads should line up with the edges your shoulders
  • Sleeves are comfortable, not too tight or loose
  • Cuffs should rest an half an inch above the wrist allowing a bit of your long sleeved dress shirt to show
"How a Suit Should Fit"

 

Shirt

Item

Advice

Example

Fit
  • Long sleeved, collared shirts are a must
  • Collar should fit your neck without being too tight or too loose
  • Always tuck the shirt in
"How a Shirt Should Fit"
Color/Pattern
  • A solid, neutral color is best
  • Solid white is the most common and safest choice
"Understanding the Dress Shirt"
Material
  • A cotton material will allow you to breathe
 

 

Tie

Item

Advice

Example

Style/Knot
  • Conservative is the way to go
  • Keep the knot simple
"Learn How to Tie a Tie"
Color/Pattern
  • A simple color or pattern to compliment the suit and shirt
  • The tie should be a darker shade than the shirt
"How to Match Shirt and Tie Patterns"
Width/Length
  • Width should not be too wide or skinny
  • Length should not be too long or short
  • The bottom tip of the tie should reach the belt/waistline
"Necktie Length"

 

Pants

Item

Advice

Example

Style
  • Pants are to be worn on the top of the hips
  • Pleated or non-pleated, non-pleated is preferred
"The Pleated vs. Plain-front Debate"
Color/Pattern
  • Match the pants with the jacket
  • A suit (jacket/pants) should be bought as a set whenever possible
 
Length/Fit
  • The "break" of your pants is the crease that forms at the bottom of your pants when it reaches your shoes
  • There should be some break but not too much

"How Pants Should Fit"

 

Shoes

Item

Advice

Example

Color
  • Shoe color should coordinate with the suit
  • Black or brown shoes are the most common
"A Visual Guide to Matching Suits and Dress Shoes"
Style
  • Shoes should be clean and polished
 
Socks
  • Always wear dark dress socks
  • Socks should match the general color of the shoe 
    • ex. brown shoes = brown socks
  • Do not wear white socks with brown or black shoes
 

 

Accessories

Item

Advice

Example

Amount
  • Accessories should be at a minimum
 
Belt
  • A belt to keep your pants at your hips
  • Coordinate the color with your shoes

 

 

Watch
  • Wear a watch if you have one
  • Only wear a watch is you feel comfortable wearing it
  • Make sure the style matches the outfit
    • Not too casual like an athletic watch or something too fancy and distracting

 

Portfolio
  • A portfolio (leather or otherwise) is a must
  • Bring extra copies of your resume in this portfolio
 

 

Grooming

Item

Advice

Example

Facial Hair
  • Facial hair should be shaved or minimal and well groomed
  • Clean up sideburns and back of neck for a clean look
 
Hair
  • Neat, brushed and away from face if its longer
  • Avoid "Faux Hawk" or spiked hair
  • Stay away from bright colored hair dye
"How to Style Your Hair for a Job Interview"
Body
  • Shower
  • Wear deodorant, but avoid wearing cologne
  • Clean and trimmed nails

"Essential Grooming Tricks"

"5 Hygiene Tips on What to do Before an Interview"

A video about how to dress for success at the UNH Career and Internship Fair, as well as Interviews and Networking events.