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Men
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Silk tie with a conservative pattern
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Dark shoes (black lace-ups are best)
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Dark socks (black is best)
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Short hair
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Shave. Mustaches are a possible negative, but
if you must, make sure it is neat and trimmed
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No beards (unless you are interviewing for a
job as a lumberjack!)
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No rings other than wedding ring or college
ring
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No earrings (if you normally wear one, take it
out)
Women
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Suit with a jacket and skirt or slacks; no
dresses
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Shoes with conservative heels
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Conservative hosiery at or near skin color (and
no runs!)
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No purses, small or large; carry a briefcase
instead
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Clear or a conservative color of nail polish, if
you wear any
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Simple and natural makeup that is not too
dramatic
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No more than one ring on each hand
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One set of earrings only
Men and Women
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Conservative two-piece business suit (solid dark blue or grey is best)
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Conservative long-sleeved shirt/blouse (white is best; pastel is next best)
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Clean, polished conservative shoes
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Well-groomed hairstyle
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Clean, trimmed fingernails
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Minimal or no cologne or perfume
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Empty pockets—no bulges or jingling coins
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No gum, candy, or cigarettes
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Light briefcase or portfolio case
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No visible body piercing (nose rings, eyebrow rings, etc.) or tattoos
Tools for the Search —
Dress for Success
Dress for Success.
Dress conservatively. Clothing should not reveal cleavage, stomach, back, and legs from the
knee up. Clothing should always be neatly pressed and laundered and should fit well – not too tight or loose. Shoes
must be shined. When you conduct your “mock” interview, dress as you would for a real interview so that the
Career Services office can review and critique your attire. When in doubt, contact the Career Development Center
to help you. Follow these guidelines for appropriate attire.