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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Interview Preparation - Dress For Success

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What should I wear to my interview?


  • Dress conservatively—a suit is always appropriate!
  • Wear moderate shoes, clean and polished.
  • Women wear hose of natural or light coordinated color.  Men wear dark matching socks.
  • Make sure your hair is well groomed and neat.
  • Don't overdo the perfume, makeup, or aftershave.
  • Limit your jewelry.
  • Make sure to try on your outfit BEFORE the day of the interview.
  • It is better to be overdressed than underdressed.
  • If it's too tight or too loose, too short or too long - don't wear it!
  • Don’t bring too much baggage with you—leave bulky coats or bags in the car.

Your clothes are your image, check the mirror and see what others see.  You may not plan to wear a suit on a day-to-day basis, but you SHOULD for an interview.



Examples of what NOT to wear:


Dressing On a Tight Budget

  • Shop for your interview attire early. Purchase clothing with multi-use potential.
  • Invest in impressive, classic, well-made separates that can be combined for a “professional” or “casual Friday” look. 
  • It is not necessary to buy high-priced, designer fashions.  Quality is key. Your professional wardrobe is an extension of your education investment.
  • Begin by selecting your best “neutral” as a starting point for a professional wardrobe. Colors like black, dark gray, and navy are versatile.
  • Purchase matching components.
  • Use shirts/blouses/sweaters to create a variety of visual effects and adjust the formality of your wardrobe. 
  • Consider investing in year-round fabrics (something light-weight that will be comfortable in both January and July) that hang and travel well.

For more resources on interview attire, check out these links: