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What Should I Wear?

What should I wear to my interviews and to Meet the Accountants Night?

When you introduce yourself to representatives of the companies with which you would like to interview at Meet the Accountants Night, you want to make a GREAT impression.  Likewise, when you arrive for your interview, you want to look both professional and be very interested in the company with which you will be talking.  You should have ONE “formal” interview outfit that you can wear to all of these events. Don’t worry–the interviewers will not remember that they saw you in the same suit more than once UNLESS you are not appropriately dressed!

You do not need to buy an extremely expensive suit.  I suggest that you look at department stores like Macy’s or Dillard’s, or specialty stores like Casual Corner or Talbot’s (for women) and Men’s Wearhouse (for men).  Choose a solid color conservative suit (navy or gray) or a navy or gray suit with very subtle pinstripes or plaids.  Make sure that you have (polished) dress shoes (ladies–avoid heels that are too high and uncomfortable; no open toed shoes or sandals–and you must wear stockings!!), belts that match your shoes (for men), and conservative shirts (ladies–conservatively cut blouses in conservative colors; men–LONG sleeved white, off-white) and ties (men only–stripe or conservative pattern).

Good grooming is imperative.  Men should be clean-shaven and have a recent haircut.  Women should choose a conservative hairstyle for the day of the interview.  Pay attention to your hands; your fingernails should be clean and trimmed (and women should avoid long nails or unusual nail polish).  Also, avoid the use of cologne, perfume, or aftershave on the day of the interview.  Interview rooms tend to be small and warm and some people are sensitive (or allergic) to colognes or perfumes.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask Mr. Rose.  The following links provide some pictures and discussions on dressing for interviews as well as other hints for good grooming. Some of the links also contain information about dressing for the workplace (which may be business casual). Remember that you should NOT dress in business casual attire for your campus interview–follow the guidelines for formal interview attire.