There is much to be said for leaving a positive first impression with a prospective employer. And much of that comes down to what a person wears to his/her interview. For interviews, the CSO recommends the following attire to dress for success:
Proper Attire for Men:
• The standard job interviewing attire for men is a conservative dark navy, black or gray two-piece business suit (of natural fibers, such as wool, if possible), a white long-sleeved button-down dress shirt, a conservative silk tie (that matches the colors in your suit), and nicely polished dress shoes.
• Your belt should always match your shoes.
• If you have a beard or mustache, your facial hair should be neatly trimmed. If you have any visible body parts pierced, most experts recommend removing all jewelry, including earrings.
• Dark socks.
Proper Attire for Women:
• Skirt suits vs. pant suits (skirt suits – better for the traditional industries, like accounting, banking, investments, law).
• Skirt length should be a little below the knee and never shorter than above the knee. Avoid wearing a dress (unless accented with a jacket). Blouses should be cotton or silk and should be white, or some other light color.
• Modest heel for women and conservative (watch being too trendy); closed-toe shoes.
• Minimal make-up, with lipstick and nail polish in conservative tones. Pantyhose should be flawless (no runs) and conservative in color.
Business Casual Examples:
• Khaki pants
• Golf shirts
• Dress shirts (button-downs) without a tie
• Blouses that are not low cut or revealing
For more information about professional attire, as well as professional etiquette in general, check out the following links:
• Quintessential Careers - "When Job Hunting: Dress for Success"
• Quintessential Careers – Dress for Success for Women
• Quintessential Careers – Dress for Success for Men
• Professional Etiquette (Copyright (c) 2012 by College Recruitment Media, Inc., Geneva, IL)