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EIW/FIP Attire (Bumped)

Occasionally, we’re asked about appropriate on-campus interview attire.  We think our colleagues at the Yale Law School offer some good advice, which we’ve excerpted below.  Keep in mind that dressing appropriately is art, not science.  You should look at these simply as guidelines, not hard-and-fast rules.    

Your attire should contribute to your professionalism.  Although employers may have different dress codes, err on the conservative side when interviewing.

Women

  • Skirt suits are still considered the most conservative, although women wear pants suits as well.
  • Black, navy and gray are the most conservative colors, but tans and other subtle shades are also acceptable.  Solids are preferable to patterns.
  • The skirt should be no more than two inches above the knee.
  • Wear a white or cream blouse (sometimes called a “shell”) with either short or long sleeves. Tank tops and camisoles are too casual. The blouse should either have a collar or a round neck. Avoid low-cut shirts.
  • Wear a white or cream blouse (sometimes called a “shell”) with either short or long sleeves. Tank tops and camisoles are too casual. The blouse should either have a collar or a round neck. Avoid low-cut shirts.

  • Shoes should be simple pumps in a dark color with a medium-sized (1-1/2″to 2″) heel. Stay away from high heels, ankle boots, elaborate bows, buckles etc.
  • Pantyhose should not have any runs or snags and should be a neutral tone. Keep away from snazzy designs and textures.
  • Simple earrings, necklace, bracelet, and basic watch are appropriate. Don’t wear hoop or dangling earrings, nose rings, or multiple rings or bracelets.
  • Long hair/curly hair does not have to be pulled back unless it will be in your face or distract you, then pull it up.
  • Go easy on the makeup and use a light hand in applying perfume. Don’t forget your deodorant.
  • Nails should not be too long and if polished, should be in a neutral shade.
  • Carry a briefcase or folder that contains your interview materials. If you carry a briefcase, don’t carry a purse.

Men

  • Suit should be a well-tailored pin-striped or plain wool single-breasted suit in navy or gray.
  • The pant cuff should fall lightly over your shoes-no “high waters” that show off your socks.
  • Select a tasteful tie made of silk. Do not wear large prints, cartoon characters or anything else that is flashy or vulgar. The width of your tie should be between 2-3/4″ and 3-1/2″ and should extend to your trouser belt. Don’t wear a bow tie.
  • Wear a plain, light-colored long-sleeved shirt. White or light blue are acceptable. Shirt should not have french cuffs.
  • Shoes should be polished with socks that complement the suit. Shoes should match your belt.
  • For jewelry, don’t wear anything more than a simple watch and wedding band. Leave your earring/nose ring at home.
  • Hair should be neatly cut and professionally styled. Although it is not recommended, if you have long hair, pull it back into a neat ponytail. Beards and mustaches should be trimmed.
  • Use a good deodorant and go light on any cologne or aftershave.
  • Carry a briefcase or folder that contains your interview materials.

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