You’ve heard it before: you only get one chance to make a good first impression, dress for success, dress for the job you want not the one you have. Here at the NYU Wasserman Center, we cannot emphasize enough the importance to dress professionally for your interview. Business formal is essential for interviews and company presentations.
Regardless of the work environment, interviews are professional meetings. Professional attire not only supports your appearance, but also demonstrates that you take the interview process seriously and it compliments the person interviewing you. Employers do take notice of your attire and it does factor in to your overall performance. For ideas and inspiration of professional attire, please visit the NYU Wasserman “Dress for Success” Pinterest pages.
- Suit: A suit looks polished and makes you look professional. To avoid looking sloppy, make sure your suit is tailored. The proper fit is key!
- Tie: A tie pulls your outfit together while allowing you to express some personality.
- Socks: Wear dark dress socks, no athletic socks. Mid-calf length is best for interviews so when you sit no skin is visible.
- Shoes: Dress shoes. Shoes should be cleaned and polished so you are ready to shine.
- Suit: Women should wear a pants suit, a skirt, or a business formal dress. Make sure that your outfit isn’t too snug or that your pants aren’t too long. Skirt or dress should be at knee length.
- Shirt: Blouses or button down shirts should be solid in color. Patterns can be busy and distracting during an interview. If you choose to wear all black, try to add a pop of color to add some personality.
- Hosiery: Hosiery should always be worn on an interview. Try to stick to black or nude and avoid prints.
- Shoes: Closed toed shoes are most professional for an interview. Avoid extreme styles or heights. Also, make sure that you are able to walk comfortably in your shoes!
Grooming and Finishing Touches:
- Hair: Should be clean, combed and neat
- Hands: Make sure you have clean hands, especially during the flu season!
- Smell: Use perfume and/or cologne modestly.
- Portfolio: Always have on you a professional portfolio. Backpacks and briefcases are bulky.
Try on your outfit before hand to ensure everything fits properly, looks neat, and, most importantly, looks professional.
Join us at the NYU Wasserman for Attire for Successful Hire
February 5th, 2013 | 5 PM to 7 PM| Sponsored by our Peers in Careers
Don’t let the wrong outfit cost you the job! Join our Peers in Careers and representatives from Macy’s as they offer fashion advice and showcase professional clothing trends. Learn to decode terms like “business casual,” and figure out how to add flair to your professional wardrobe. First 50 attendees will receive a Macy’s gift bag. All attendees will be entered into a FREE raffle. Free food and drinks!
RSVP through your NYU CareerNet account.