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Dress to Impress

What you wear will strongly impact peoples' first impression of you. 

You need to look as polished and professional as possible at career fairs, networking events, and interviews. Be sure that you have a good understanding of the company values and workplace culture before deciding what to wear to an interview. Your business professional look should be conservative, but still show some of your own personality. A well-pressed suit and dress shoes will let your potential employer know you are serious about the job. Take a look at these resources to plan the perfect outfit for your interview. What you wear will strongly impact peoples' first impression of you. 


  • When in doubt, dress conservatively
  • A suit will suffice in most situations
  • Make sure your outfit is wrinkle-free
  • Stick with solid colors and tighter-woven fabrics or simple patterns
  • Accessories should be kept simple: basic pumps, modest jewelry, light make-up & light (preferably no) perfume
  • Don’t smell like cigarette smoke
  • Wear a belt and watch
  • Be sure your hair is neatly trimmed or groomed to avoid the “messy” look
  • Shirts with lettering or graphics should not be worn
  • Check your outfit for missing buttons, lint, or a store tag
  • Straighten your tie
  • A skirt should be no shorter than the tips of your middle fingers (or just above the knee for good measure)

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

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Josh Watson

Industrial Engineering Major
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