Interview Attire

Below are descriptions and links to examples of appropriate interview attire.  Interview attire varies by industry and company culture.  It is always advised to ask about interview attire expectations when invited to an interview.


This more traditional, conservative approach (e.g., business suit or blazer, tie and dress slacks for men; business suit, pantsuit or jacket and dress for women), but may vary by employer or industry.  Plan to dress professionally for interviews in banking, consulting, accounting, or for sales related positions.

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Business Casual

This trend is more relaxed and comfortable, but still gives a professional impression and neat appearance (e.g., shirt with a collar or sweater, khakis or other slacks, dress or casual leather shoes for men and women; knee length dress or skirt for women).

Smart Casual

This style is less dressy than business casual and more closely resembles what a lot of employees wear to work on the West Coast.  Even if you're invited to dress casually for your interview, you should still appear neat and polished.  For example, nice jeans with a collared or buttoned shirt or a blazer over a T-shirt would be appropriate.  Jeans with a T-shirt may be acceptable for some interviews but it depends on the employer.  Some engineering and tech employers allow smart casual dress.  Never wear athleisure, shorts, or flip flops to any interview.

If an employer does not communicate their dress requirements prior to interviews (e.g., via an email or at a pre-interview event or information session), please err on the conservative side and dress one degree more professionally than what employees in the company wear to work.