Employer Relations

Dress For Success

You've heard it before, but it bears repeating: first impressions count. Dress professionally for every job fair or interview even if the company has a casual dress policy.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Your attire should not draw attention away from your personality and what you are saying.
  • Personal hygiene is important. Pay attention to everything, including your fingernails.
  • Shoes are important. They should be conservative, dark color, polished and not too casual.
  • Choose conservative, solid, simple colors, such as tan, brown, black, or gray. Choose neutral shirts, such as white, off-white, beige, etc.  If you must have color, select a solid color that complements your suit.
  • Keep jewelry to a minimum.
  • Everything should be well-pressed.
  • Do not chew gum and finish breath mints prior to the interview.
  • Check for seam rips, runs in stockings, loose strings, and missing buttons. Everything you wear should be in top condition.

General Tips for Men

  • Wear a dark color suit and make sure your tie matches.
  • Tie must touch the top of your belt buckle and pants must touch the top of your shoes.
  • Tattoos should be covered and facial piercings should be removed.
  • Choose long-sleeved shirts in a neutral color.
  • Avoid heavy cologne or aftershave.
  • Avoid outlandish hairdos and excessive hair gel.  Make sure facial hair is well-groomed.
  • Do not wear ankle socks or light colored socks.

General Tips for Women

  • Wear natural make up that completes your look but is not overdone.
  • Wear comfortable shoes with moderate heels.
  • Avoid heavy perfume.
  • Do not show cleavage and make sure your bra straps are not visible should you remove your jacket.
  • Skirts should come to just above the knee and must be worn with hosiery.
  • Choose a simple hairstyle.
  • Avoid noisy dangling earrings or bracelets. Keep jewelry simple and tasteful, if it makes noise when you move, don't wear it.
  • Piercings, other than earrings, should not be worn.
  • Examples of professional attire can also be found in the Muma College of Business Undergraduate Career Guide