Day of Your Interview
- Arrive 10-15 minutes early and be pleasant to everyone you encounter.
- Bring a professional portfolio and extra copies of your resume. Avoid carrying other large items and turn off your
- Be confident! Greet the employer with a smile and a firm handshake.
- Be aware of your body language. Show you are interested, maintain good posture, and avoid nervous habits as much
- Manage your anxiety — it's OKAY to be nervous! Picture the interview as an 'exchange of information' between the employer and you.
Remember that the interviewer is a human being with their own roles, responsibilities,
and stressors as well.
Dress for Success
These suggestions are from talent acquisition managers and recruiters, who expect
all job and internship candidates to come to interviews in professional attire (appropriate
to their organization and industry). Standards of professional attire may vary among
organizations, so do some reesearch! If you are not sure what is considered appropriate
attire for your upcoming interview, speak with a professional in the career center.
What to Wear
- Conservative business suit–both skirts (no shorter than knee-length) or pantsuits
- Pressed blouse or dress shirt with collar in a classic/traditional style, tucked in
- Conservative tie (no bright colors or busy prints)
- Nylons/hosiery in sheer (close to skin color) or dark socks, executive length (to
- Polished leather wing tips or business type shoes only (no loafers, no suede)
- Low heeled pump shoe (avoid ornaments, thick soles, high heels)
- Neat haircut and clean-shaved neck (front and back)
- Facial hair neatly trimmed
- Minimum jewelry–watch, small earrings (one or two holes), rings, etc.
- Light makeup, neat nails (natural or polished-conservative color, not chipped)
- Very light or no perfume/cologne
- Small purse and/or professional portfolio for copies of resume, pad of paper, and
What Not to Wear
- Jeans, shorts, spandex, casual dresses
- Sneakers, casual boots, flip flops
- Low cut blouses, bows, ruffles, lace, loud prints, bright colors, etc. (keep it simple!)
- Large jewelry (remove facial piercings) and cover tattoos
- Avoid overbearing scents (cologne, perfume, hairspray, smoke, etc.)
Beat the competition! Remember that your attire is a reflection of your professionalism. It is about image
and NOT fashion. Don't lose a job opportunity because you didn't wear the right interviewing
outfit. You never get a second chance to make a first impression!
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