CSE Career Center

What to Wear

Deciding what to wear for an interview can be stressful. A job interview is an opportunity to market yourself to potential employers, and your image matters more than you might think. How you dress shows how you pay attention to detail and gives recruiters an idea of how you will represent their organization. Here are some general tips for dressing appropriately for an interview:

  • Dress professionally. A suit is best if you have one, otherwise wear a button-up dress shirt and dress pants. Be sure your clothes are clean and wrinkle-free.
  • Wear comfortable and conservative dress shoes with matching color socks (or tights).
  • Keep your hairstyle simple and facial hair groomed.
  • Avoid excessive perfume or aftershave, as strong smells can be distracting.
  • Clothes should not be too tight and should fit comfortably.


Examples of appropriate interview attire:


  • Suit (blue, black, grey, brown)
  • Long sleeve shirt with a tie, if you have one
  • Wear a belt, which should match your shoe color
  • Dark dress socks
  • Clean shaven or well-groomed facial hair
  • Neatly trimmed nails
  • No wrinkles! Iron and/or dry clean everything


Examples of appropriate interview attire:

  • Suit (navy, black, grey, tan)
  • Skirts should be about knee-length, long enough so you can sit down comfortably
  • Pair with coordinated blouse or dress shirt to add your own style
  • Limited jewelry
  • Neutral tights, simple, avoid patterns
  • Natural makeup and clean nails
  • Simple hairstyle (Tip: put your hair up if you are easily distracted by it or play with it often)
  • Absolutely no undergarments showing (including bra straps)


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