Upcoming job interview? Read these tips on how to dress for success

How to Dress for Success

By Brandi Samuel

Photo by Ryan Alphonso

Photo by Ryan Alphonso

A good first impression on an interview can depend upon meeting an employer’s standard for dress.

Kendall Sterling, UMD senior and brother of the Phi Chi Theta business fraternity, shed some light on what qualifies as business professional and business casual for women.

Business professional:

  • Bottom must always match top (ex: navy blazer with navy skirt)

  • Black or navy closed-toe conservative heels (three inches or less)

  • Minimal jewelry (5 pieces or less)

  • Natural make-up

  • Clean cut or nude polished nails

  • Hair out of face

  • Avoid bright colors

 Business casual:

  • Full-length pants (colors can vary)

  • Conservative tops (no cleavage showing)

  • Shoulders always covered (cardigan to cover up if not wearing sleeves)

  • Flats or conservative heels

  • Button-ups tucked in skirt or pants

  • Top and bottom don’t have to match (ex: white blazer with black pants)

  • Natural make-up

According to Sterling, large department stores (ex: Nordstrom, Macy’s, Express, J Crew, etc.) are a good place to start when looking for proper attire.

Raphael Oduok, UMD sophomore and employee at Eppley Recreation Center, tells about business professional and business casual attire for men.

Business professional:

  • Dress shirt

  • Non-casual sports jacket (ex: suit jacket)

  • Tie or bow tie

  • Accessories (ex: watch)

 Business causal:

  • Polo shirt without jacket

  • Dress shirt without tie or bow tie

  • Khaki pants

  • Sperry’s

According to Crystal Sehlke, program director of Behavioral and Social Sciences in the UMD career center, interviewers have certain dress standards, and frown upon clothing that doesn’t meet these guidelines. Some examples of inappropriate attire include:

  • Anything ill fitting (i.e. too tight or short: skirts should be knee-length)

  • Clothing that is soiled, smells, or contains offensive language

Richard McCauley, UMD senior and brother of the Phi Chi Theta business fraternity said, “Looking the part is important to the company and it should be important to you,” McCauley said.

Photo by Ryan Alphonso

Photo by Ryan Alphonso

 

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