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Dressing for the Interview

Even if the department is casual, you should dress in professional business attire for an interview. Dressing professionally will always make a good first impression, anything else is a risk.

Be sure to choose clothes and shoes that are both comfortable and make you feel good. Uncomfortable clothing may be distracting and affect your interview performance.

  • A traditional, conservative suit; navy, gray, or black.
  • A white or blue long sleeved shirt with a conservative tie.
  • Professional and clean dress shoes with black socks.
  • Neat and professional hairstyle, clean-shaven (or trimmed) facial hair
  • A watch and one ring. Leave the earring at home.
  • No cologne or after-shave.
  • Trimmed and clean nails.
  • A well-coordinated suit; navy, gray, black or any other non-loud color
  • A long sleeved blouse in a complimentary color
  • Neutral or skin-tone hosiery
  • Moderate matching shoes with a medium heel
  • Subdued, natural make-up and no perfume
  • Neat and professional hairstyle
  • Sparse jewelry
  • Manicured nails with light or clear nail polish

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