Dressing for the Interview

Appropriate Attire includes:

  • Navy, charcoal gray, black or pin-stripe suit or pantsuit. The suit jacket and skirt/pants should be matching.
  • Light colors can be worn underneath suit jacket. (Avoid lace, stripes, or prints)
  • If wearing a tie, keep it simple and neat.
  • Polished and closed toe heel or dress shoes.
  • Carry a portfolio, professional bag or simple purse.
  • Nails and/or makeup should be natural in style.
  • Wear moderate jewelry and mild fragrance.
  • Piercings and tattoos should align with organization culture or standards


Other tips:

  • Bring a quality pen.
  • No smoking or drinking coffee prior to the interview.
  • No chewing gum.
  • Keep cell phones turned off and personal items out of sight.
  • Bring a padfolio that contains extra copies of your resume and reference list.


Dress for Success

Career Development Center

Buffalo State College  •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  Cleveland Hall 306
Buffalo, New York 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5811  •  Fax: (716) 878-3152

askcdc@buffalostate.edu