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Interviewing

What to Wear

You've landed the interview for your dream job, researched the organization, compiled your interview questions, you're ready to walk in and land the job, right? Wait. What are you going to wear?

Presenting yourself in a professional manner is an important aspect of interviewing for a legal position. The following is a list of suggestions for making a positive first impression. However, in an interview no piece of apparel is more powerful than a confident demeanor. So, do not stress out if you have a wardrobe malfunction.

Everyone

  • Carry a pen, notepad, list of questions for your employer, and copies of your resume in a portfolio or folder
  • If you are wearing jewelry, then it should be minimal

Women

  • Wear a skirt or pant suit in black, dark gray, or navy
  • For a very conservative law firm, a dark skirt suit of modest length is best
  • Button your suit
  • Shirts and Blouses should not be revealing
  • Shirt tails should not be visible
  • Shirts and blouses should be pressed
  • Wear hosiery and pack and an extra pair (just in case)
  • Wear closed-toed shoes
  • Make sure your shoes are well-maintained or polished
  • If you are wearing heels, then they should be a modest height
  • If you are wearing makeup, then it should be neutral
  • Style your hair conservatively
  • If you are wearing perfume, then it should be minimal
  • Nails should be conservatively groomed

Men

  • Wear a suit in black, dark gray, or navy
  • Button your suit
    • Four Button Suit – button the top two buttons
    • Three Button Suit – button the top one or two buttons
    • Two Button Suit – button the top button
    • One Button Suit – button it
    • Suits with more than four buttons – not recommended
  • Wear a white undershirt
  • Wear a white dress shirt
  • Make sure your shirt is pressed
  • Wear a conservative tie
  • Wear either a leather belt or suspenders
  • Wear black dress socks
  • Make sure your shoes are well-maintained or polished
  • Your belt and shoes should match
  • If you are not clean-shaven, then make sure your facial hair is well-groomed
  • If you are wearing cologne or after-shave, then it should be minimal