You only get one chance to make a first impression. Dress for success!

Handshake of businesspeople

Dress Conservatively

  • A solid dark blue or gray
  • A light-colored shirt or blouse
  • Clean, polished, traditional shoes

Personal Appearance is Vital

  • Well-groomed hair
  • Clean, trimmed fingernails
  • Minimal cologne or perfume
  • Tattoos and piercings are hidden/removed
  • No bulges in pockets (leave non-essentials at home or in your vehicle)

Tips for Men

  • A necktie can say a lot about you. A conservative pattern, in silk, is best.
  • Dark shoes and dark socks are a must. Black is preferred.
  • Short hair is preferred by interviewers. Get a haircut and groom facial hair.
  • A wedding ring should be your only jewelry.

Tips for Women

  • A pant suit is preferred to a dress. This includes a dress with a jacket.
  • Makeup should be natural-looking. Hair should be pulled away from the face.
  • Conservative shoes with a low to mid heel. Hosiery should match natural skin tone.
  • Accessories should be minimal. Nail polish should be clear or neutral.

Keep in mind: Employers are not looking for which candidate is the most fashion-forward. They are looking for a candidate who will make an excellent employee. Let them focus on your skills and abilities.