If you missed part one, go check it out because we talk about some general tips on how to show up for your interview looking your best.
Now, let’s move on so we can talk about specific tips on what exactly to wear.
Tips for Men
- Why does it feel like it’s always easier for men?
- A suit is standard with a nice button-up shirt and tie. As stated in the general tips, this is not time to experiment with crazy colors and patterns.
- Go for a black, navy, or grey suit—all solid.
- Go for a white button-down shirt.
- Go for a tie that isn’t super flashy (no hot pink, lime green, etc). Make sure there’s no inappropriate content on your tie.
- Wear long, dark socks. Do not go sans socks or ankle-length.
- Wear un-scuffed, polished shoes. Pick a neutral pair—brown or black depending on your suit.
- Wear a belt that coordinates with your shoes.
- If you can help it, don’t wear jewelry aside from a wedding band and a watch.
- I recommend being clean shaven or having neatly trimmed facial hair.
Tips for Women
- Go for a pantsuit or skirt suit.
- If you know you’re interviewing in the colder months, a pantsuit may be a better option.
- If you opt for the skirt suit, be sure it falls at or below the knee. When you sit, it will rise. If necessary, wear neutral colored pantyhose.
- Wear closed-toed shoes.
- Feel free to wear heels of modest length (think 3 inches at the most) but bring a pair of ballet flats you can swap out from your purse before going on a campus tour.
- Keep your makeup neutral. This isn’t the time to experiment with a smoky eyeshadow or that bright red lipstick.
- Keep your jewelry classy and minimal.
- Earrings: pearls or diamond studs.
- Necklace: keep it simple (no statement pieces).
- Watch: if you must (make sure all tones match).
- Keep nails cleaned and cut at a decent length with clear or nude-colored polish.
- Choose a purse that is neutral and can fit your needs for the day—do not bring a sparkly cocktail bag.