Dress to Impress

First impressions count. Your appearance tells an interviewer quite a bit about your character. You want the interviewer to see you as a professional in every way. Dressing for the occasion will also help you to feel comfortable during the interview. After all, what employer could resist a skilled, self-assured candidate? This is definitely the time to be meticulous about personal hygiene and wardrobe selection. Don’t forget the basics such as showering, shaving and brushing your teeth, but there’s more to consider. Most professional organizations frown on body piercings, tattoos and long hair for men. If you want to be asked back for a second interview, you’ll need to get a good haircut, apply appropriate make-up and tone down the body art and jewelry. An expensive outfit is not necessary; however, your clothing should fit well and be clean and pressed. If your tastes run to the more casual or trendy, you might make a trip to your favorite department store. Find a salesperson to help you coordinate a flattering and professional look.

What should you wear to an interview or career fair?

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- Tailored two-piece suit
   (navy, black, gray)
- Ironed white or light blue dress shirt
- Coordinating tie
- Dark socks
- Shined dress shoes that coordinate
  with the suit
- Minimal cologne, if at all
- No visible piercings or tattoos
- Folder with resumes, business cards,
  pen and notepad
DON'T Wear:
- Jeans
- Nose rings, unusual piercings and earrings
- A five o'clock shadow or untrimmed beard
- Sneakers

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- Business suit with pants or knee-length
- Conservative dress shirt
- Pantyhose
- Closed-toe dress shoes
- Minimal perfume, if at all
- Minimal jewelry
DON'T Wear:
- Plunging necklines or sheer blouses
- Visible undergarments
- Miniskirts
- Jeans
- Excessive makeup
- Flip-flops

DO Bring:
- A folder with resumes and business cards
- Pen and notepad

DON'T Bring:
- A cell phone
- Food or drink