Proper Business Attire
Dress for Interview Success!
1. Business Formal: This is the standard dress code for an interview.
Women’s Business Formal:
- Pant suit (preferably in a dark color), which includes tailored pants and jacket, and solid (or subtle patterned) blouse/top.
- Skirt suit (preferably in a dark color), which includes knee-length skirt, tailored jacket, and solid (or subtle patterned) blouse/top.
- Closed toed shoes with no more than 1-2 inch heels.
- Minimal jewelry such as rings, bracelets, or necklaces.
- Small to medium size purse, along with portfolio, pen, and extra copies of your resume.
- Subtle make-up.
- Avoid perfumes.
Men’s Business Formal:
- Two-piece, single-breasted, and dark (solid color or conservative pinstripes) suit.
- White dress shirt and with a white undershirt underneath and conservative tie (no bowties, bright colors, or bold patterns).
- Dark, polished shoes and matching socks.
- Portfolio, pen, and extra copies of your resume.
- Conservative, short haircut and trimmed or shaved facial hair.
- Avoid cologne.
2. Business Casual: This is the typical attire used once hired. Be sure to discuss office policies with your internship or employment supervisor.
Women’s Business Casual:
- Jacket, blouse, cardigan, or conservative top with pants or a knee-length skirt.
- Simple, knee-length dress (nothing low-cut).
- Closed or open toed shoes (no flip flops).
- No jeans or casual sun dresses.
- Spaghetti straps are not appropriate.
Men’s Business Casual:
- Pants (dark or khaki).
- Collared button up shirt with a white undershirt underneath or a collared knit polo shirt.
- Leather shoes (no sneakers or flip flops).
- No jeans.
For more information or to schedule an appointment contact:
Director of Career Success
School of Business, Borick Building Room 216