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Dress for Success

  • Be clean and neat, including your fingernails, teeth, shoes, hair and face
  • Conservative two-piece business suit in a basic color
  • Empty pockets-no bulges or tinkling coins/keys, etc.
  • No gum, candy or cigarettes
  • Light briefcase or portfolio case
  • No visible body piercing (noise, eyebrow, tongue, etc.) -wear minimum jewelry and cologne
  • Avoid “faddish” styles and loud colors
  • Jewelry should be conservative and kept to a minimum

There are no absolute rules regarding dressing for an interview. Your selection will vary based on your occupation, location, and preference. A business suit for a construction job would not be appropriate dress! The goal is to look the part, and your appearance should be consistent with your occupation. Neat, clean work clothes would be suitable for assembly, production, or warehouse positions. Sales and office positions require business clothes. A conservative suit would be the recommended style for professional and managerial positions.

Common sense and good taste are the best guides in selecting clothing for the interview.


Personal grooming is just as important as what you wear.




Clean, trimmed, and neatly combed or arranged.

Facial Hair (men)

Freshly shaved; mustache or beard neatly groomed.


Neat, clean, and trimmed.


Brushed and fresh breath


Beware of foods which may leave breath odor. Beware of tobacco, alcohol, and coffee odor. Use a breath mint if needed.


Freshly bathed/showered; use deodorant. Remove body piercings, tongue rings, and cover tattoos if possible.

Make-up (Women)

Use sparingly and be natural looking.

Perfumes/ Colognes/ After Shave

Use sparingly or none at all. Your "scent" should not linger after you leave.

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