Dress for Success for OEHS Professionals

Does it really make a difference how you dress for interviews? In a conservative business climate, appearances matter. Not all companies are conservative, you might argue, and some have casual dress policies for everyday. Nevertheless, it is imperative to be dressed in business attire for an interview, regardless of the dress code for the organization.

If you are in doubt about how to dress, err on the side of conservatism, using these guidelines for business attire:

Women Men
Solid-color, conservative suit Conservative suit
Coordinated blouse White, long-sleeved shirt
Moderate-heeled shoes Polished dress shoes
Minimal jewelry Dark socks
Neat hairstyle Conservative tie
Light hosiery Minimal jewelry
Light makeup and no perfume Neat, professional hairstyle
Manicured nails Light or no aftershave
Portfolio or briefcase, pad, pen Neat, trimmed nails
Portfolio or briefcase, pad, pen


Make sure that you try on your outfit before the day of the interview. Check for poor fit, rips and smudges that detract from the overall appearance. If your suit is too tight or too loose, don't wear it. Remember, it is better to be overdressed than underdressed for an interview.