General Guidelines on Attire, Accessories, and Grooming for Women Preparing for a Professional Interview
- Two-piece business suit in solid color (navy, black, grey and deep brown are safe bets) or subtle weave pattern
- A quality, well-tailored suit is a good investment
- Avoid ill-fitting (short, tight, clingy or slit) skirts; skirt should be no higher than the knee when standing
- White, off-white or neutral colored blouse or shell; no camisoles unless worn under a blouse
- Conservative neck lines are extremely important; low-cut tops and other clothes that are too revealing will ruin your chance to make a professional impression
- Closed-toe leather pumps with low to medium heels (no higher than 2 inches); avoid open-toe, strappy high heels, sandals or shoes with decorations
- Skin-colored hosiery; no bare legs!
- Portfolio or leather-bound pad in place of a handbag or purse; no backpack
- Conservative nail polish; avoid unusual colors
- Understated makeup
- Understated classic accessories
- Small stud earrings instead of dangling or larger styles
- A wristwatch and no more than one ring per hand
- Well-groomed hairstyle; avoid unusual styles and colors; long hair controlled or pulled back in a neat, simple style
- No cologne or perfume (recruiter may be allergic)
- No visible body piercing, including multiple earrings
- No visible body art; cover tattoos with clothing
- If using breath mints, finish before greeting recruiter. No gum!
Conduct a quick mirror check if possible...teeth clean, hair combed, shoes free of lawn debris or dirt, nails clean
Interview Suits for Women
Typically, skirt suits are preferable to pantsuits for a professional interview.