For those of you who need a quick review of the basics, follow these guidelines for successful interview dress:

Men and Women

  • Conservative two-piece business suit (solid dark black, blue or grey is best)

  • Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best, pastel is next best)

  • Clean, polished conservative shoes

  • Well-groomed hairstyle

  • Clean, trimmed fingernails

  • Minimal cologne or perfume

  • Empty pockets no bulges or tinkling coins

  • No gum, candy, or cigarettes

  • Light briefcase or portfolio case

  • No visible body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.) or tatoos


  • Necktie should be silk with a conservative pattern

  • Dark shoes (black lace-ups are best)

  • Dark socks (black is best)

  • Get a haircut; short hair always fares best in interviews

  • Fresh shave; mustaches are a possible negative, but if you must, make sure it is neat and trimmed

  • No beards (unless you are interviewing for a job as a lumberjack!)

  • No rings other than wedding ring or college ring

  • No earrings (if you normally wear one, take it out)


  • Wear a suit with a jacket and skirt or slacks; no dresses

  • Shoes with conservative heels

  • Conservative hosiery at or near skin color (and no runs!)

  • No purses, small or large; carry a briefcase instead

  • If you wear nail polish, use clear or a conservative color

  • Keep your makeup simple and natural (it should not be too noticeable)

  • No more than one ring on each hand

  • One set of earrings only

One final note on interview dress: while it goes without saying that your interview clothes should be neat and clean, very few interviewees give the same time and attention to their shoes. Shoes? Yes, shoes. I am aware of at least one Corporate Recruiter who forms first impressions based solely (pardon the pun) on shoes. This person does not have a shoe fetish he subjectively judges that those who pay attention to details like shoes are also likely to be diligent in their work life. And it is not just that persons opinion. Many have said that you can judge a person by their shoes. You will find that many ex–military officers (many of whom have found their way into management positions in corporate America) are especially aware of a persons shoes. It is not enough to be clean and pressed. Make sure your shoes are conservative, clean, and polished

Good luck with the interview..