Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Logo
Apply to SIUE
Career Development Center – Students

Prepare for Your Interview

Career Development Center

Interview Tips and Attire

Professional Attire Tips

Dress/Hygiene

  • Dress in appropriate professional attire
  • Wear deodorant, but not perfume or cologne
  • Cosmetics and jewelry should be conservative and minimal (no jewelry for men, except a wedding ring)

Tips for Making a Positive First Impression for Everyone 

  • Shoes should be well polished.
  • Avoid colognes, scented powders, and perfumes.
  • Revealing or casual clothes are inappropriate.
  • Conservative colors are best.
  • Nails should be trimmed and clean.

Basic Clothing Etiquette 

  • Upon entering an office, if a secretary or a receptionist offers to take your outer garment, it is proper to accept.
  • When carrying an umbrella, check with a secretary for a place to store them.
  • It is not proper to fold your coat or other apparel onto a visitor’s chair in someone’s office unless you are invited to do so.
  • It is not proper to comb your hair, apply make-up, or make clothing adjustments in public.
  • When in a meeting, do not remove your suit jacket or loosen your tie. If invited to remove your jacket, it is proper to do so but not mandatory.
  • If you need a place to rest your bag, portfolio, or papers, do not move items on someone else’s desk to make room for them. Use your lap.

Image Destroyers 

  • Chewing gum, eating or smoking.
  • Used tissues.
  • Scuffed, dirty shoes.
  • Multiple earrings or ones that are overly long or dangling.
  • Chipped nail polish or dirty fingernails.
  • Make-up or other stains on collars or clothing.
  • Too much make-up or cologne.
  • Very large or overstuffed handbag.
  • Skirts well above the knees.
  • Slip showing through the kick pleat in skirts.
  • Clothing that is ill-fitting or wrinkled.
  • Piercings and tattoos should be removed or covered.
  • Not  having  a firm handshake or maintaining eye contact.
facebookoff twitteroff vineoff linkedinoff flickeroff instagramoff googleplusoff tumblroff socialoff